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Niall Firth, technology editor (Image: Sipa Press/Rex Features) When disaster strikes, Twitter is always the first to know. Now a new study has demonstrated that using Twitter updates and online news websites to track a disease outbreak is not only quicker than more traditional methods - it's just as reliable, too. In a study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, researchers studied the progression of a cholera epidemic in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010.
Social media has role in delivery of healthcare but patients should proceed with caution, experts sayNov. 20, 2011 — Social networking sites like Facebook and YouTube can be powerful platforms to deliver and receive healthcare information, especially for patients and caregivers who are increasingly going online to connect and share experiences with others with similar medical issues or concerns. However, these sites may lack patient-centered information and can also be sources of misleading information that could potentially do more harm than good, according to the results of two separate social media-related studies unveiled today at the American College of Gastroenterology's ACG) 76th Annual Scientific meeting in Washington, DC.
Microsoft just made a play to ensure its future in the era of social networks by ... aggregating everybody else's. Spindex , Microsoft's new social product, gathers your Facebook, Twitter, RSS, Bing and even Evernote into one convenient location. We don't really know much about Spindex yet, but it has the feel of a Friendfeed (which was at least successful enough to be acquired by Facebook) or a Google Buzz. What Microsoft has said is that Spindex will be less focused on delivering real-time results -- the whole real-time thing is pretty crowded -- and more focused on cutting down the social clutter and showing you the most relevant stuff in your feed. I can get behind that philosophy -- my Facebook and Buzz are both unreadably messy! Spindex is a product of FUSE, Microsoft's social software lab, so it's not guaranteed to become a major Microsoft product, but we'll keep track of its progress and report as we find out more.
You know that geotagging your posts on Twitter lets people know where you are at the time of posting, but Twitter doesn't offer a way to turn those geotags into anything coherent, like a list or a map. That's where an iPhone app called TrackinU comes in. It converts geotagged tweets into map routes, showing where you've tweeted from.
on 05/26/2010 Netbook owners who want a different user experience can enjoy MeeGo 1.0 in due time, where it will come with a user interface which is not too different from Moblin, offering instant access to synchronized calendar, tasks and appointments. Apart from that, social network butterflies will be pleased to know that such functionality has has been aggregated and v1.0 will sport the Chrome browser to boot. There is a v1.1 in the works for this coming October which will include touch support, so you can be sure that the future is a bright one.
New NodeXL Slides – overview of network analysis for social media March 20th, 2013 · 10 Comments Newly updated slides are now available that provide an overview of the NodeXL project from the Social Media Research Foundation: 2013 NodeXL Social Media Network Analysis from Marc Smith Updates to NodeXL are on the way to expand the variety of data importers, improve web publication, and scale to large data sets. [Read more →] Tags: 2013 · Conference · Foundation · Measuring social media · Metrics · NodeXL · Research · SMRF · SNA · Social Interaction · Social Media · Social Media Research Foundation · Social network · Social Network Analysis · Social Theories and concepts · Talks · Technology · Visualization · Workshop