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The flu, as many are unfortunately aware, hit especially hard this year, and Google's Flu Trends map only confirmed and then heightened our mucus-coated fears. Or so we thought. As Nature points out, a comparison between Google Flu Trends (which bases its map off flu-related searches) and traditional surveillance data showed that our beloved search engine had grossly overestimated the extent of the flu epidemic.