This how Diana F.and myself imagined Shout-out:

Social media is an intricate part of identity, allowing for immediate self-expression and feedback .  The therapeutic relationship traditionally has been defined by the exchange between patient and clinician with little personal disclosure of information being shared by the therapist.  Today both therapists and patients can easily find each other on social media adding a greater sense of  knowledge and confusion.

  • Identify user that posts in health boards (Inspire)
  • Track user across social media: twitter, pinterest, inspire, instagram
  • Analyze language for word frequency and sentiment
  • Identify trigger words that convey user is unhappy
  • Identify “likes” of user through pins on pinterest
  • Send “shout-outs” gifts/messages when user posts using trigger word

  • Can we use an aggregate of social media platforms to identify patterns and reach-out


Perceived Privacy among patients and caregivers

“Inspire was created because:

We all need a safe place to discuss health.
We can help each other.
Together, we are better.”

  • Patients/caregivers seek support online
  • Identity is connected to health and emotional posts
  • Users often use same name across social media

Here are searched results for Mnydwhite, we just google-d out:




How it works:

* Connected users are notified and user is sent immediate information
* User does not have to opt in but can be selected randomly by people who join Shout-Out


  • Can we use our ability to connect and track online to help
  • Can we intervene or help when someone posts something “concerning”
  • Therapy is limited by cost and telehealth is part of acceptable care
  • McCormick et al showed twitter can be used to predict depression


We are analyzing twitter data based on a username, and looking for a trigger words.We are using box2D to visualize and sockets, everything is being sent to everyone who is on the page/ ‘following’ (in this case) mandyWhite81.




code is [ here ]

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