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According to a blog post today, Facebook played an important role in tracking down the source of the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at the Playboy mansion. According to the blog, DomainFest had nearly 700 attendees this past February. Part of this Internet conference took place at the Playboy mansion from February 1 to 3, 2011. The LA Times reported that one attendee posted a entry on his own Facebook page, inquiring as to whether anyone else had acquired Legionnaires’ disease. Three dozen people responded to the inquiry. Facebook then allowed investigators to follow up on the posts under the comment section. Online polls were also conducted by the investigators. This usage of social media is extremely compelling as one way to deal with Legionnaires’ disease, unfortunately after the outbreak had occurred.

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