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Google Tries to Show USA Flu Trends  (View post)

Gunther Eysenbach [PersonRank 1]

Wednesday, November 12, 2008
15 years ago4,561 views

I am shocked... A couple of years ago I sent Larry Brilliant from a preprint of my research on the correlation of searches on Google and Flu symptoms (published in 2006 here: and asked for funding. No acknowledgements on their site...

Jérôme Flipo [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

[put at-character here]Gunther Eysenbach
Interesting comment, indeed!

JohnMu [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Hi Gunther, I see your paper is listed as a reference in the manuscript (along with several others):

At any rate, I think this is a really neat idea and would love to see it extended to outside of the US.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

This comment on the Official Google CPG Blog interested me:

<< Reading the New York Times over lunch I discovered that Google has developed an interesting way to track the flu. >>

Doesn't Google announce things internally via an email to all employees? Or does it just rely on employees to read the many blogs or the Intranet?

Just wondering...

Anon [PersonRank 7]

15 years ago #

It's quite hard to keep track of all developments internally in Google – there are too many developments. There is stuff announced on internal lists but most stuff is found out through external announcements. There is one weekly opportunity to hear about particularly interesting developments but I reveal too much already

anon2 [PersonRank 1]

15 years ago #

[put at-character here]Gunther Eysenbach

I guess you have to be happy with the citation! Too bad that isn't as ethical as it could be.

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

> I guess you have to be happy with the citation!

What more would one expect if one sends out an unsolicited suggestion?

PierreS [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

[put at-character here]Tony
The Google behind Google Calculator said once that they sometimes were surprised to learn that a product had been launched when one stranger just referred to it (while they though it was still secret)

Cormac [PersonRank 3]

15 years ago #

What a great idea! I think an animated heat map of trends over a set time period would be fascinating to watch.

Imagine the other uses it could be applied to – USA Paris Hilton trends etc.

Chris [PersonRank 0]

15 years ago #

I saw this on the CBS Evening News here in the UK

Google knows before the government :P

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