Early Warning and Outbreak Detection Using Social Networking Websites: The Potential of Twitter

  • Ed de Quincey
  • Patty Kostkova
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 27)

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Epidemic Intelligence social networking swine flu 

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© ICST Institute for Computer Science, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ed de Quincey
    • 1
  • Patty Kostkova
    • 1
  1. 1.City eHealth Research CentreCity UniversityLondonUnited Kingdom

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