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A-Twitter Over Swine Flu

29th Apr 2009 posted in Disaster Behavior

According to CNN, swine flu was mentioned in some capacity in about 2 percent of all Twitter posts Monday. Everyone has something to say, from the serious CDC twitter account to the not-so serious musings of the average American. 

It may be a little early to tell how effective—or diabolical—Twitter will be in disseminating chatter about the flu, but there’s no debating the power of the web to monitor the muses of the masses.  In fact, Seattle-based company, Veratect, claims to have alerted the CDC to the flu situation in Mexico by observing social media trends.