Sickweather (@Sickweather) was co-founded by childhood friends Graham Dodge, James Sajor and Michael Belt in Baltimore, MD. The site and app uses a patent-pending process to track and map reports of illness from Twitter and Facebook. The resulting forecast represents the top trending illnesses reported in any given area. The maps may show clusters of activity as represented by orange polygons, or individual reports as represented by blue “SICK” map markers.
Every day, thousands of people around the globe update social media sites when they (or someone close to them) get sick: Posts like “I’m sick,” “the doc says I have bronchitis” and “My son has chickenpox.” When this information is made publicly available by the user and contains location information, Sickweather is able to assemble animated maps, infographics and alerts. Members can also report directly to the site?s map and forecast anonymously by answering, “How are you feeling today?” If you?re not sick and want to keep it that way, you can also search by ZIP code or illness to find out what areas you need to avoid.
Sickweather has harnessed the powers of mobile Internet, social
media networks embedded with location information, and high-speed connections to give users all the information they need to stay healthy. Without broadband Internet, none of this would be possible.