Making friends in Cyberspace

Tips to make the most of the friendly forums!


Have you ever visited an internet message board? The support that you receive on the message board and on other website boards can make a real difference in how you handle your diabetes. Here are some tips to help make your cyberspace experience a positive one:

  • Introduce yourself.
    You don't have to share every detail of your life, but the information that you post will encourage others who have similar interests to respond.
  • Keep your comments brief.
    Long messages are skipped by most readers. When you read the editorial page of your local paper do you enjoy reading longer comments or are you drawn to brief notes? If you want your message to be read by as many people as possible, keep it short and sweet. If you have an article to share, post the link, not the entire article.
  • Choose the right location for your message.
    The message board has several sections. If you post the same message in multiple areas, your responses won't develop into a meaningful thread. Some people will respond to you in one area and some in another. For best results, choose the section that best suits your comment and post it a single time.
  • Open your heart.
    Many people who join message boards are newly diagnosed with diabetes or are taking a new and enthusiastic interest in their condition. Do you recall how you reacted when you were first diagnosed? These individuals are overwhelmed, just as you probably were. It takes a while for the shock of a diabetes diagnosis to sink in, so be patient with questions and comments that may seem obvious to you now.
  • Be friendly.
    Because internet boards are anonymous, participants may say things that they would normally be too afraid to mention in person. Keep your comments respectful and friendly.
  • Watch out for spam.
    In cyberspace, the term spam is used to describe unsolicited advertisements. The message board is open to anyone who registers. Unfortunately, some people post ads for services, herbs, and other products. This is not permitted. They may even post the same message over and over throughout the board. An alert monitoring team will delete these obnoxious messages as soon as they spot them. But remember, monitors aren't on the board every hour of the day, so you may discover spam before others do. If you find any, let the monitors know.
  • Contact the board's monitor if you experience a problem.
    When you sign onto the message board, you enter what should be a safe and positive environment. Monitors visit the board frequently to keep it clean and tidy. They delete spam advertisements and posting errors. But we are not on 24/7. If you spot an issue that requires the attention of a monitor, contact one immediately.
  • Enjoy!
    The board is for you. Drop by and say hi.


Janis Roszler, RD, CDE, LD/N


NOTE: The information is not intended to be a replacement or substitute for consultation with a qualified medical professional or for professional medical advice related to diabetes or another medical condition. Please contact your physician or medical professional with any questions and concerns about your medical condition.

Last Modified Date: June 20, 2013

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