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Dermatology on Google+


Google+ sets itself apart from other social media platforms through a number of unique features, including search engine optimization services and high user satisfaction. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the presence of dermatological entities on Google+. Searches were conducted to locate any Google+ accounts associated with the most popular dermatology journals, dermatological patient-centered organizations, and professional dermatology-related organizations on social media. Additionally, “dermatology Google+” was searched via Google, and Google+ profiles retrieved in the first page of results were assessed. Four of the five active Google+ profiles identified in the first page of Google search results were run by private dermatology practices. Only one of the 13 searched journals was active on Google+. Twenty-six of the 34 patient-centered and professional organizations had Google+ accounts, but only seven of these accounts were active in the last year. Therefore, unlike some private practices, the majority of dermatology journals and organizations have yet to take advantage of the exclusive opportunities offered by Google+ to expand their audiences and bolster their overall online presence.

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