Tools to help you find, follow and join the dental discussion online

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As a follow up to last week’s post on utilizing online resources to boost your brand and business I thought it would be great to share some helpful online tools to help you find the important conversations, social chatter and trends surrounding the dental community.

First up is Delicious, a great online resource that helps find relevant content and links related to your search query – it works by pulling content through related tags to your search keywords. For example, when you search for “dentistry,” links with current and related tags will appear for your perusing pleasure. Over 16,000 unique links appear when you search for dentistry! This tool is great for finding relevant content and makes it easy to collect and share with others.

Groups on LinkedIn is another great way to stay in the loop on all things dental, connect with colleagues, keep on top of industry trends and join or start new conversations. Some groups require you to already be affiliated with a certain organization, while others are open to the public. Check out this list of LinkedIn dentistry groups, or input your own keyword related to your work in the field.

If you are looking for relevant and current news regarding the dental industry, Alltop does a great job of aggregating popular news articles and blog content based on your search query. If you search Alltop for dentistry news you’ll notice it pulls top stories from medical news publications, an RSS feed from the ADA, the most popular and relevant stories of the day and much more. It is great tool that provides a thorough aggregation of almost any topic of your choosing.

Looking to mine social conversations surrounding the dental industry? Leverage the power of Social Mention to discover social dental chatter to spot dental trends and advancements in the industry. Social Mention helps you locate trending topics, hot blogs and potential viral content.

A tool 3M ESPE recently implemented on our own site empowers dentists to provide product evaluations among their dental peers. It is a growing social community that enables the authentic sharing of thoughts online in an open environment. It’s a great resource for members of the dental community to view honest feedback, successes and areas for improvement for our products.

I hope a few of these tools are able to help you come across some new go-to resources you haven’t spotted in the past. In addition, I hope they help you become an active member of a new online dental community that inspires creative thoughts, collaboration and innovation. Are you using a tool to mine conversations and search for dental news that I haven’t listed? Please share!


2 comments so far

  1. East St. Paul Dentisth on

    Wow, This is very nice blog, Thanks for creating such a wonderful site. this site was not only knowledgeable but also very stimulating too. Points you have mentioned in your post are very interesting. Your post is pretty useful for the dental community. Thanks for all of the suggestions!

    • 3M ESPE on

      Thank you you for post. Glad you found the information useful.

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