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Introducing the Health Tweeder!

We’ve written a lot about data aggregation and visualization here. Now our sister blog/service offering, Pixels & Pills has launched a new Twitter aggregator called The Health Tweeder. We think it’s a terrific example of how to filter data in a visually appealing manner that helps promote education and conversation. Here’s the official announcement from P & P co-founder Mike Myers.

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We’ve written a lot about data aggregation and visualization here. Now our sister blog/service offering, Pixels & Pills has launched a new Twitter aggregator called The Health Tweeder. We think it’s a terrific example of how to filter data in a visually appealing manner that helps promote education and conversation. Here’s the official announcement from P & P co-founder Mike Myers.

By Mike Myers (@mmyerspalio)

As many of you may have seen, we “quietly” brought our Health Tweeder out of the testing phase and placed it on our site. In the world that is social media, there is no such thing as a soft launch. We counsel people on this very topic, and just learned it again firsthand.

Fabio Gratton (@skypen) – Co-founder & Chief Innovation Officer of Ignite Health – was given a sneak peek earlier this week and then sent a tweet about it. While we planned a formal launch in a few days, his message of “Just Released: “THE HEALTH TWEEDER”, a beautiful disease-state focused twitter visualization tool: www.healthtweeder.com#hcsm” has put our new baby to the test as it’s been accessed hundreds of times in the last hour or so.

We’re receiving many questions, suggestions and requests. With that in mind, we thought we’d post a bit on Health Tweeder here.

The underlying idea was to build a visual tool so that people could review the dialog in specific areas in an interesting way. Using petri dishes to culture cells of dialog, each cell in a petri dish represents a distinct tweet that has been gathered using a range of search terms, hashtags, and people we’ve identified to follow. The cells grow and shrink based on the volume of content at any one time. In totality, they provide a dynamic view of the healthcare dialog on Twitter.

We’re tracking the suggested search terms, hashtags and people to follow that we’ve been receiving. We’ll be evaluating them all and continuously updating the search criteria as a result.

If you don’t see something common in there, we may have totally missed it. We also may have eliminated it due to the non-relevant information that came with it. Either way, we’ll keep at it and truly appreciate you taking a look, passing the link along, and letting us know what you think.

So, dive in and play. Health Tweeder can help you uncover important insights and facts. It may teach you something new. It can motivate you to join in the dialog, and if so inclined, it may motivate you to hug your neighbor. Go for it – world peace could be just around the corner and brought to you by your friends at Pixels&Pills.

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