Your Tweets Can Predict When You’ll Get the Flu

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Simply by looking at geo-tagged tweets, an algorithm can track the spread of flu and predict which users are going to get sick. Image via Adam Sadilek, University of Rochester In 1854, in response to a devastating cholera epidemic that was sweeping…

Susan Grigsby‘s insight:

So…geo-tagged tweets can be used to track everything from a flu outbreak to a food poisoning outbreak. Do you think the NSA has figured this out, too? Who needs cell phone data? Interesting and a little scary… wonder if this will help Twitter’s IPO?

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