Hashtag No Filter: Visualizing Breast Cancer Conversations

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Eric Clarke, Richard Arnett, Jane Burns, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland/Wellcome Images

This is a graphical visualization of data extracted from tweets on Twitter containing the hash tag breast cancer.

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Eric Clarke, Richard Arnett, Jane Burns
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland/Wellcome Images

Eight weeks. 92,915 tweets. One hashtag. Users are nodes and the relationships between them are lines.

This image literally visualizes conversations around breast cancer, and the network of connected cancer patients and their loved ones, patient advocates, oncologists and other health care professionals, as well as cancer researchers. #breastcancer joins these diverse stakeholders together in one conversation and puts everyone on the same page, erasing societal boundaries to share knowledge and support in real time.

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