Twitter Predicts Haitian Epidemic

Now there is data showing that Twitter feeds forecasted a cholera outbreak in Haiti in 2010 faster than traditional sources.When news is being made, Twitter is usually the first to know. But now Twitter is doing more than helping us know what has happened — it is being used to predict what will happen.

Twitter has already been used to successfully predict movie grosses and even future stock trends. For a while, scientists and researchers have espoused the idea that Twitter could be used to predict more pressing matters like crimes and communicable diseases. Read More

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