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Analysis of Twitter Users’ Sharing of Official New York Preparedness Messages During a Recent Storm
Background: Twitter has been described as a useful tool for disseminating information to the public, before and during disasters. Advertisers have studied the reach and effectiveness of Twitter messages (“tweets”) and described characteristics that increase the change messages will be shared (“retweeted”) by users. But little is known about the effectiveness of tweets from public officials in times of emergency. Objective: To determine characteristics of New York public official’...
An Analysis of YouTube Comments on Drug Health Effects
Background: The substances used by recreational drug users change frequently in response to trends in legislation and the drug market. Therefore, it is a challenge for frontline providers, poison centers and public health officials to recognize and treat patients in need of care. Social media provides large, real-time data sources that may contain clinically relevant information that would help physicians and policy makers in this regard. However, filtering out useful information is an intric...
Medicine 2.0'14 Summit & World Congress (Maui, Hawaii, USA)
Twitter Discussions of Nonmedical Prescription Drug Use Correlate with Federal Survey Data
Background: The drugs people use, and the way people learn about drugs, have changed in recent years. Methods of surveying usage and educating the public about health risks must correspondingly change. Analyzing social media represents a fast, inexpensive way to uncover the epidemiology of drug use and identify points of intervention. Objective: To (1) automatically categorize Twitter messages about prescription opioid use into discussions about medical or nonmedical use employing unsuperv...
Tutorial: Analyzing Twitter for Public Health Research (extra registration required)
Background: Analysis of social media can serve as a powerful tool for research in a variety of health disciplines. Twitter, with its popularity, frequent engagement, public messaging, open API, and rich metadata, is a compelling platform for study. To date, most analyses of tweets are imprecise or opaque, using algorithms better suited to marketers instead of scholars. A sound analysis of social media rests on the successful application, in tandem, of concepts from linguistics, mathematics, a...
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Analysis of Twitter Users’ Sharing of Official New York Storm Response Messages
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