Posted by: gavinstokes | May 17, 2011

Your disease on Twitter


A fine example of how the noise of twitter can be used to generate a useful content. Kazemill, uses Twitter to map the  spread of illnesses. The system performs a real-time search  for geo-located Tweets referring to various illnesses, then maps these out. At moment it seems to be only on trial in Japan. I find this amazing it gives a close to real-time mapping of the spread and fall the common cold within the population. Of course then you have the issue of people being psycho semantic and the more they see an area has risen in reports relating to the flu virus, the more they think their failure to clean their runny nose is actually the flu.

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