Wednesday, May 11, 2011

More Organized Wisdom Un-Fair Play

Updated 3/2017-- photos and all links (except to my own posts) removed as many no longer active. 

You may recall that last year I wrote regarding the un-fair use of medical bloggers post and twitter feeds:
Fellow bloggers do you remember Wellsphere? Well, the latest “thief” of our information using our reputations and twitter feeds in a similar way is Organized Wisdom. Check out @laikas recent blog post on the topic: Expert Curators, WisdomCards & The True Wisdom of @organizedwisdom
Organized Wisdom ( and @organizedwisdom on Twitter) is a 3-4 year old company that uses a similar approach to filter useful health information out of the daily junk. ……
Part of the problem may be that Organized Wisdom doesn’t only share links from “Health Centers”, but also from Wellness Centers (Aging, Diet, Exercise & Fitness etc) and Living Centers (Beauty, Cooking, Environment). Apparently one card can have information for 2 or 3 centers (diabetes and multivitamins for example)
I feel used.
Organized Wisdom uses the credibility of me and other curators, including so-called “top expert curators” as Dr Pho (Kevin MD – blog), to cover up the incredibility of others, with the intention to lure users in. ……..
Just as with Wellsphere, I have asked Organized Wisdom to remove me from their expert curator list. I hope you will do the same.
Well it continues. A new acquaintance on twitter, @medmarketingcoe, has written an article: Unethical Health Information Content Farming by Organized Wisdom (OW) & how 5700 social media Curators participate in major ethical, legal, & moral violations without their knowledge
Laikas (@laikas) has written another post on the same topic: Health Experts & Pt Advocates Beware: 10 Reasons Why U Shouldn’t be Curator
What do you think of this screenshot from yesterday? Isn’t it misleading?  How does this help provide clear and accurate information for the general public?  You know the “I am a plastic surgeon in Little Rock, AR.  I may ‘suture for a living’, but I ‘live to sew’” is straight from my blogging profile, but it appears to be the statement being made about each of the doctors in the screenshot below.  This is a misrepresentation of each of those doctors.
Cynthia Bailey, MD blogs at Dr. Bailey's Skin Care Blog.  She is a dermatologist and does not live in Little Rock, AR.  Her own blog states she practices in California.
FaceLiftMD twitter profile states he is a “Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon specializing in Cosmetic Surgery of the nose, face, neck, eyelids, & eyebrow in DC, Maryland, and northern Virginia.”  Once again, he does not live in Little Rock, AR.
Vijay, Scanman, is a radiologist who lives and works in Salem, India.   He blogs at scanman's notes and posterous.
Once again, I encourage my fellow healthcare bloggers (doctors, nurses, patient advocates, etc) to remove yourself from any association with Organized Wisdom and other sites like them.


Anonymous said...

Welcome to the 21st century. I'm actually surprised your outraged by this.

Pranab Chatterjee said...

This is messed up. :/

Berci Meskó said...

How can I remove myself?

rlbates said...

Berci, you find your profile on their site. It (now) gives you the option to either claim or remove your profile.