University of Arizona: Twitter And Big Data Could Predict Emergency Room Rush Hours

University of Arizona: Twitter And Big Data Could Predict Emergency Room Rush Hours. “Research that will be published in the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics combines Twitter posts and air quality and hospital data to form a model that researchers believe can predict emergency room trends more effectively and immediately than existing disease surveillance models, such as that published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While health and data tools such as Google Flu Tracker have used social media and search engines to monitor the spread of contagions, this new model is the first to look at chronic illnesses such as asthma, the researchers say.”

The Guardian: Facebook and Twitter are being used to manipulate public opinion – report

The Guardian: Facebook and Twitter are being used to manipulate public opinion – report. “Propaganda on social media is being used to manipulate public opinion around the world, a new set of studies from the University of Oxford has revealed. From Russia, where around 45% of highly active Twitter accounts are bots, to Taiwan, where a campaign against President Tsai Ing-wen involved thousands of heavily co-ordinated – but not fully automated – accounts sharing Chinese mainland propaganda, the studies show that social media is an international battleground for dirty politics.”

Engadget: Twitter blocks a slew of Venezuela government accounts

Engadget: Twitter blocks a slew of Venezuela government accounts. “Venezuela has been accused of censoring Twitter as part of its bid to silence dissent, but it’s not so happy now that the shoe is on the other foot. The country’s leadership says that Twitter has suspended 180 accounts linked to the government, including radio and TV outlets in the presidential palace. While it’s not clear what prompted the move, officials are furious — President Maduro claims that Twitter blocked accounts ‘simply for being Chavistas,’ or supporters of his late predecessor Hugo Chavez.”

Library Lab: Library Twitter Chats Calendar

Handy, but not a lot here yet. From The Library Lab: Library Twitter Chats Calendar. “Library related Twitter chats is one of my greatest sources for inspiration, knowledge and network and there is many great chats on different subjects. The chats are ‘live’ and is happening globally in real time and one of my biggest obstacles has been to keep track when the different chats are on, so I decided to make a calendar over upcoming chats. If I’m missing something please leave a comment or DM me on Twitter.”

Nieman Lab: Is there a Trump tweet for that? Quartz’s latest bot experiment surfaces similar tweets from the president’s archives

Nieman Lab: Is there a Trump tweet for that? Quartz’s latest bot experiment surfaces similar tweets from the president’s archives . “In an effort to see if tech could automate these juxtapositions and possibly surface humans can’t spot, the Bot Studio at Quartz recently created Trump of Yore, a tool that automatically scans new Trump tweets and compares them to tweets in the president’s pre-inauguration 12,647-tweet archive, posting the comparisons to Twitter.”

Mashable: Twitter’s 2-factor authentication has a glaring weakness

Mashable: Twitter’s 2-factor authentication has a glaring weakness. “Adding an extra layer of security to your online accounts is a fundamental step to protect your digital life from hackers, but what’s the point if the new methods are just as vulnerable as the old ones? It’s a question some Twitter users are asking after discovering that the two-factor authentication on their accounts isn’t as secure as it seems.”

The Next Web: Hate Twitter’s bubbly’s redesign? This extension gets rid of it

Well that didn’t take long. From The Next Web: Hate Twitter’s bubbly’s redesign? This extension gets rid of it. “While I personally don’t mind Twitter’s new look – circles are superior to squares – there’s now a Chrome extension for all those annoyed by the redesign. The aptly named Twitter Debubbler was created by Kai Brueckers and posted on Product Hunt earlier today.”