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Swineflu in Twitter and Google maps

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I have just read an article from CNN website. The title is “Swine flu creates controversy on Twitter” .  I recommend you read it.

The article explain that many people are using Twitter to distribute false information, “unnecessary hype and misinformation about the outbreak”. 

“For example, some Twitter users told their followers to stop eating pork, he said. Health officials have not advised that precaution. Read about how the virus is transmitted.” (from the cited article).

 Twitter has grownn up a lot the last months and now many people access to this micro-blogging site to get information or comment about if they feel any symptons. So these use of Twitter as a information tool, when anyone could write anything, true or false, is something quiet dangerous. But, of course, if you know this, that these information media is not totally “clean and transparence” you must be responsible using Twitter, or another resource. 

Twitter is a big rumour machine. So really you have to be prevented and understand that not because something is repeated a million of times must be true, A million of lemmings can be wrong. “That information needs to be put in context by journalists…” as says the cited article.

If you are interested in know what is happening in Twitter about the swineflu see here and introduce “swineflu” in the search box. On the time that I have spent for write this post, the volume of related post in Twitter has increased in more of 700 and every 3-5 second it grow up over 5-6 entries. I am really curious about this statistics.

Also thanks to Google maps the swineflu is being  monitoring, in many cases the information has been from Twitter sources!!. See the link of COMMENTS that appears in the site. Link here to see the swineflu map. 

Remember that:
Pink markers are suspect
Purple markers are confirmed or probable
Deaths lack a dot in marker
Yellow markers are negative


Written by claesju

April 28, 2009 at 1:50 pm

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