Health video blogs (vlogs) allow individuals with different health conditions to share their stories, experiences, and knowledge with the general public.
Furthermore, health vlogs help in creating a connection between the vlogger and the viewers. There is a unique affordance from the video medium that health vlogs encourages as opposed to text-based blogs. Specifically in these projects, I looked at two different populations on YouTube—people with a chronic illness and people trying to conceive.
Using an already rich secondary data source, I was interested in understanding the connections that were created through the sharing of experiences on the YouTube platform. I was also interested in how one might think of designing such platforms that encourage the sharing of experiences while fostering a genuine connection through video.
( PDF ) Leslie S. Liu, Jina Huh, Tina Neogi, Kori Inkpen, and Wanda Pratt. 2013. Health Vlogger-Viewer Interaction in Chronic Illness Management. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2013). Honorable Mention.
( PDF ) Jina Huh, Leslie S. Liu, Tina Neogi, Kori Inkpen, and Wanda Pratt. 2014. Health Vlogs as Social Support for Chronic Illness Management. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI).