Sickweather uses social tools to track real-world diseases

05/31/2011 | MIT Technology Review online

A startup called Sickweather uses social-networking techniques to plot the progress of illnesses through users' circles of friends, predicting outbreaks and potentially allowing users to avoid infection. The tool uses Facebook and Twitter data, analyzing contacts' postings to figure out who is sick and who is at risk of catching a bug. "They can decide, 'Maybe I won't take my kids to that birthday party,' " says Graham Dodge, the company's CEO.

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