Early Warning and Outbreak Detection Using Social Networking Websites: The Potential of Twitter
Epidemic Intelligence is being used to gather information about potential diseases outbreaks from both formal and increasingly informal sources. A potential addition to these informal sources are social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. In this paper we describe a method for extracting messages, called “tweets” from the Twitter website and the results of a pilot study which collected over 135,000 tweets in a week during the current Swine Flu pandemic.
KeywordsEpidemic Intelligence social networking swine flu
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