With freedom comes responsibility. The internet is probably the last truly "free frontier," in terms of the ability to communicate openly and without censorship in most places. To keep in free, people will need to take personal responsibility, unlike some doctors, who have forgotten that their patients might be able to read their Facebook walls.
A few days ago, I wrote about Google Health, and Google providing broadband to rural healthcare providers, and how in some ways, we are sacrificing privacy for convenience.
Having worked with the public most of my adult life, I can certainly appreciate the fact that doctors probably have some of the funniest stories EVER about the things people say and do. However, nothing posted on the web is truly "private," and there is always a chance a patient will be humiliated, or have his or her privacy violated if these stories are posted on the social networks.
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.