We recently cooked up a Twitterbot in bit.ly labs that once an hour publishes the bit.ly link that is currently getting the most clicks. Although this tool is still very much in beta, we are seeing some very interesting links pop up in this feed. Check it out at:
Let us know if this sparks any cool ideas, or even better yet, consume the bot data from the Twitter API, mash it up with data from our /info and /stats apis ( http://bit.ly/apidocs ), and show us something cool.
You know what I would do if somebody wrote me a letter saying that I had to stop posting things with my signature tone of obnoxious sarcasm? I would take that letter, cry for a good 45 minutes, and then treat myself to an ice cream cone.
Anyhow, Dave Brandon, CEO of Domino’s Pizza, was faced with a similar situation when Subway’s lawyers (or Law Artists, as I’m sure they prefer to be called) sent him a note telling him that he had to pull his company’s advertisements that claimed consumers preferred Domino’s oven baked sandwiches 2-to-1 over Subway.
But, what did Dave do? He filmed a video of himself oven-baking the letter and then urges consumers to do the same (via click of a button — oh Internet, what will you think of next!).
Over 100,000 people have baked the letter so far — the corporate equivalent of a “your momma’s so fat…” joke.
Where’s that ringing coming from? In the College of William and Mary dormitories, it’s more than likely a student’s cell phone, university officials say.
A survey conducted by William and Mary two years ago found that 92 percent of students living on campus relied on their cell phones for outside communication rather than the land line provided for them in their dorms, said Deb Boykin, William and Mary assistant vice president for student affairs.
The lack of student use is one of the reasons the university decided to pull the plug on telephone service in its dorm rooms beginning next school year, she said.
Last weekend I went to the emergency room. Only a few people knew about this at the time or since then.
It turned out to be absolutely nothing - a complete false alarm. But as a precaution they kept me overnight just to make sure.
This morning I read three different columns in the New York Times about our healthcare system. In different ways they brought back my recent memories of my time at Newton-Wellesley hospital.
First, let me say, I agree with the very first sentence of the first story I read this morning. Our medical system is on life support. We need a new business model applied to health care. The current model isn’t appropriate. It’s focused on illness not wellness. The financial incentives aren’t right. And the the legal liability is so high that it encourages too much in the “cover your ass” department vs whats best for the patient.
I was in the hospital for about 24 hours. During that time I can’t tell you how many people took my blood, did xrays, checked my vitals, woke me up, poked me, etc. I was asked the same question about 2000 times. I left the hospital without access to my medical records. I’m told I can get a copy but I have to call various departments to get the various reports.
Yes, as the NYT Op-Ed points out, we need to protect patient privacy but its time for a real modern, electronic medical records system. I want access from a browser. I want to see my xrays. I want to see the names of the people that helped me or hurt me. I want to keep it and compare it against future possible issues. I want to give my brother and parents access (they are all doctors). Let my wife see it (she’s my wife and a nurse).
Let’s not spread fear about disclosure. Let’s spread inspiration about what needs to be fixed.
I realize that this post is getting a bit snarky. I am grateful that I’m healthy and this was a false alarm. I also sincerely appreciate the staff at Newton-Wellesley hospital that took care of me. They are tireless and deserve way more recognition than possible in this post.
But they need a new system, a new model and new technology. And we need a new midset when it comes to our healthcare system.