Healthcare applications of Twitter keep surfacing everyday. Qwitter (not to be confused with another application by the same name that tracks people who stop following you on twitter) is a smoking-cessation tool built by the Florida Department of Health under a 2008 campaign called ‘Tobacco Free Florida’. It works like this- you tweet the number of cigarettes you smoked to @iquit <number> and Qwitter collects that into a progress ‘graph’. If your tweet is not a number, it adds it to your ‘journal’. So it becomes an ongoing dashboard of sort- with which you can monitor your progress and share it with others (that follow you) to get their supporting tweets back. People may scoff at this idea for being too niche or too small.. but I say “why not?” Its putting social media to good use for smokers. Every little bit helps.
Apr 22, 2009 | Patient's Tools