Google Flu Trends: Do you use your powers for good or for awesome?

New from Google(.org) – Google Flu Trends:

We’ve found that certain search terms are good indicators of flu activity. Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity in your state up to two weeks faster than traditional systems.

Now there’s an example of data mining we can all feel good about.

Via The New York Times. See also blog.google.org.