How Twitter Is Helping Shut Down Dirty Restaurants

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Thanks to social media team of the Chicago Department of Public Health, Twitter is now another way to track down not-so-clean restaurants.

The Twitter bot created by the department scanned for mentions of "food poisoning" within a specific geographic area and alerted public health officials who responded.

Officials provided a link to an online form allowing the user who posted the tweet to report any restaurants they'd visited. From Twitter and the online form the department inspected more than 100 restaurants in a 10-month span.

Chicago isn't the only health department to get tech-savvy. New York's health department also scans Yelp reviews to identify potential problems.

Now the only question is: Should you really be tweeting that you have food poisoning?

(Image credits: Foodborne Chicago by Payal Patel Designs)