Tweet Alert


People who tweet about everything, from where they are dining to how they are feeling, might not be a nuisance anymore. A tool, known as nEmesis, has been developed that analyses millions of tweets to figure out which eateries are most likely to give you food poisoning. The service works by listening to people whose tweets are tagged at verified restaurant locations for 72 hours. During that time, if the person reports being sick, nEmesis tags that location. It is based on an algorithm that can identify relevant tweets, like mention of stomach ache, which suggest that the person has contracted a food-borne illness.


Down to Earth, September 2013