Submitted Tue, 08/20/2013 - 7:20am by BossFrog

Tweet before you eat! A new system called nEmesis can help you prevent food poisoning by using data from Twitter to trace the source of the illness. The program is able to scan tweets tagged at verified restaurant locations and track the same users' tweets for 72 hours. If any of these users tweet about feeling sick, nEmesis captures this information and connects it back to where the person had eaten. Eventually, computer scientists hope to fine-tune this system and develop it into a mobile app to help people avoid foodborne illnesses