Twitter and Swine Flu

Picture+8-1NPR has reported two excellent yet contrasting stories this week regarding Twitter and the swine flu scare.  The first points out the immediate nature of Twitter has facilitated an unnecessary panic by a misinformed public.  The second details how the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has now embraced Twitter and is effectively using the tool to combat the misinformation and to establish online relationships with bloggers, journalists and public health officials.  The CDC currently has over 50,000 subscribers following their updates. (Note:  at the time of this post subscribers were at 50,000 – as of 7/21/09 subscribers are at more than 580,000)

Click here to read the NPR story on Twitter’s power to misinform

Click here to read the NPR story on how the CDC is using Twitter

Click here to visit the CDC Twitter page

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