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Taking Social Media Listening a Step Too Far

Taking Social Media Listening a Step Too Far | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it

Today, I learned about a Twitter app called Samaritans Radar that was "pulled" because it took social media "listening" a step too far. According to a Change.org petition (here), the app "breaches people’s privacy by collecting, processing and sharing sensitive information about their emotional and mental health status."

"Samaritans Radar is a surveillance system that collects people’s tweets, analyses them to judge whether the person may be vulnerable or in distress, and then sends emails to people’s Twitter followers alerting them to that fact. This happens without the knowledge or consent of the people whose tweets are being collected and analysed by the Samaritans. As of 30 October 2014, Samaritans Radar was monitoring and analysing over 900,000 Twitter accounts.

"Anyone can sign up to receive an email when someone appears to be sensitive or in crisis," noted the petitioner. "While this could be used legitimately by a friend to offer help, it also gives stalkers and bullies and opportunity to increase their levels of abuse at a time when their targets are especially down. Just as bad, not everyone apparently wanting to help may be able to do so effectively or has the person’s best interests at heart."

Wow! Talk about the road to hell being paved with good intentions!

The "creative" agency that designed the app may have been part of the problem suggests a Wired.uk article. Why?


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Pharma Guy's curator insight, November 11, 2014 9:25 AM


Although pharma listening to patients on social media is a valid method of learning about its potential audience, the snooping can be taken too far as evidenced by this app.


You might also be interested in reading this Pharma Marketing Blog post: Being Too "Patient-Centric": Spying on Patients on Social Media

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Social Media Can Boost Disease Outbreak Monitoring, Study Finds

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Monitoring social media websites like Twitter could help health officials and providers identify in real time severe medical outbreaks, allowing them to more efficiently direct resources and curb the spread of disease, according to a San Diego State University studypublished last month in the Journal of Medical Internet Research,Medical News Today reports.

 

Study Details

 

For the study, lead researcher and San Diego State University geography professor Ming-Hsiang Tsou and his team used a program to monitor tweets that originated within a 17-mile radius of 11 cities. The program recorded details of tweets containing the words "flu" or "influenza," including:

 

Origin;Username;Whether the tweet was an original or a retweet; andAny links to websites in the tweet. 

 

Researchers then compared their findings with regional data based on CDC's definition of influenza-like illness.

  

The program recorded data on 161,821 tweets that included the word "flu" and 6,174 tweets that included the word "influenza" between June 2012 and the beginning of December 2012.

 

According to the study, nine of the 11 cities exhibited a statistically significant correlation between an uptick in the number of tweets mentioning the keywords and regional outbreak reports. In five of the cities -- Denver, Fort Worth, Jacksonville, San Diego and Seattle -- the algorithm noted the outbreaks sooner than regional reports.

 


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John Mark Bwanika's curator insight, December 7, 2013 5:13 AM

Research on social media......

Drew Hodges's curator insight, February 19, 2015 5:50 PM

This is a cool article to show the real life change that social media is creating. Before it was stated that it would take up to two weeks to detect an outbreak of a disease but now with social media it can be done in a day. 

This article really shows how social media is becoming a part of our everyday life and is taking on roles that we probably didn't expect it to. 

However with the number of users increasing it is important to have tools that help us monitor the large amount of data that is present. 

Its no good having all this information if we cannot harness it's true potential, like the one illustrated in this article for disease break out.

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Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, et YouTube: uses in Health

Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, et YouTube: uses in Health | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
Wikipedia, Twitter, facebook, and YouTube: uses in health

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ChemaCepeda's curator insight, July 31, 2014 9:09 AM

¿Qué usos podemos dar a cada red social aplicados a la salud? Interesante gráfico con las ventajas y desventajas de cada una

rob halkes's curator insight, August 1, 2014 3:35 AM

Great overview !