Twitter is a great place to find out what’s going on “right now”, and the Swine Flu situation is no exception. As of this writing, half of the trending topics on Twitter are related to the Swine Flu (or “H1N1” as it’s also called).
With real-time services that facilitate communication in the way Twitter does, are we about to enter an era where we can stay informed to a much higher degree and therefore be able to minimize the ill effects of things such as the Swine Flu?
In short, will Twitter help counter the Swine Flu pandemic?
We here at Pingdom were discussing this over lunch today, and the general theory is that Twitter (and other social media as well) will play an increasingly important role in these situations.
Have you been helped by Twitter in similar situations in the past? Is Twitter getting large and widely used enough to have this kind of effect on our lives?
Let us know what you think!