OK, pet peeve rant ahead: I hate, hate, hate when a site comes up with some "Top 10 list", and then posts it in the most annoying time-wasting way possible.
Top 10 lists are a little annoying to begin with. I can't abide Top 10 lists about bloggers at all. I know it's supposed to be human nature, but I don't see a need to rank bloggers. There are so many different kinds of bloggers doing so many different kinds of blogs, even within the same blogging niche. Ranking is a fool's game.
I can stand Top lists of apps or devices or other geek p0rn a little better.
Too bad they followed the lead of such traditional media web sites as Fast Company or Newsweek, where they make you click to a new page to see each app.
Yes, I know it drives pageviews, which drives ad revenue.
Yes, I know it increases time spent on the site, which speaks "engagement" readers have with your sites.
But both metrics are, I think, inappropriately skewed by this method of posting. Do advertisers not even visit sites like this to see ho they're getting the traffic and stats they claim to have?
So, here are their recommended apps...go to the app store and search on them and save yourself a whole lot of clicking. I clickedm so you don't have to:
1. WebMd: I downloaded this one, since it's uber-comprehensive.
2. ePocrates Rx: Apparently this one is geared towards health professionals, so I passed.
3. EmergenKey: Designed to help you keep your own health info close at hand. Knock on wood, I don't see a huge need to have this one right now. (Although it reminds me that I don't know my on blood type.
4. Diabetes Log: Also not relevant to me, and hopefully never will be.
5. Health Cloud: Tied into Google Health, which I don't use, so I passed.
6. General Medical History: A basic history template for med students. Also no relevant.
7. Headache Diary: This is intriguing. Haven't had many headaches for a while now. (Which makes me wonder if they went away coinciding with going vegan 3 years ago?)
8. Reach MD CME: For doctors.
9. iTriage: Perfect for those who want to go the next step in Googlenosing themselves!
10. ICD-9 Lite: For medical professionals looking to get proper billing codes.
11. Swine Flu Tracker: If you are a hypochondriac, OCD, germphobe or otherwise fascinated by the Swine Flu, this is the app for you.
12. Sleep Tracker: OK, as a longtime insomniac, I did indeed download this. We'll see if I *use* it. (It's created by the makers of Tylenol, FYI.)
13. Skyscape Medical Resources: Very targeted to medical professionals.
14. Natural Cures: OK, I bit and downloaded this one. Can't hurt, right?
15. MedCalc: Also for medical professionals.
So, out of 15, I decided to download and try 3. Not a good ratio. I recognize that the site is for "healthcare executives", so I realize I'm not their target audience. Then again, the article title, "15 Free Healthcare Apps for the iPhone" sounds kind of universal. If you're a layperson like me, think of all the time I saved you :)