Sickweather scans social networks for indicators of illness, enabling you to track illnesses, compare symptoms, and see which viruses are going around in your area. Everyday thousands of people around the globe update social media sites like Facebook and Twitter 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 are able to track and map this data using their patent-pending algorithm.
From a microvolunteering point of view, Sickweather allows its members to report directly to their smartphone app by simply asking you how you feel and they’ll do their best to match it to their most relevant forecasts. If you report symptoms or illnesses that they aren’t tracking, it alerts their system to be on the alert for similar symptons elsewhere.
Available on the iPhone and Android smartphone networks