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A few years ago, I joined a Chicago area parents group with an active online member forum. Members trade info, referrals and even share horror stories. And at least once a month, someone asks, "Who's a good dentist to see in XYZ neighborhood?" Discussion ensues.

I always thought it was too bad for the dentist that there was no way to know about these discussions without being a member of the community. However, there is now an online tool that helps you find out what people in online message boards are saying about you.

Boardreader is a search engine for Web message boards and forums. I recommend using advanced search with your name, along with "dentist" (or your relevant speciality). You can set time parameter--opting to see everything Boardreader can find or just posts occurring within the last month.

Create an account in Boardreader and they will send you alerts when your search terms come up. Using a tool like iGoogle, you can subscribe to alerts as a feed and have a one-page place to check all online mentions.

If you're interested in digging deeper, Carie Lewis of the Humane Society gives a great overview of how to use Boardreader and other free online tools with iGoogle for social media monitoring.


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Thanks for making this tool known.<br /><br /><a href="" rel="nofollow">Dental Thornhill</a>

Posted by: Dr. David Cheng ( on 05/16/2011