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Twitter Launches Australian Real-time Emergency Alert System

Posted: December 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Social Media | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Twitter Launches Australian Real-time Emergency Alert System

Twitter Launches Aussie Emergency AlertsTwitter has launched a feature allowing emergency services to provide real-time warnings to mobile phones during bushfires and other natural disasters.

Organisations will be able to hashtag tweets carrying critical information as #alerts which will feature an orange bell for added visibility.

Twitter Alerts launched in the US, Japan and Korea in September, followed by the UK and Ireland in November, and have already been used in a number of emergency situations.

On launching the Aussie alerts the social media behemoth said “…all the organisations participating already use Twitter as a tool to communicate important information to their followers.”

The added functionality of Twitter Alerts will help emergency services reach their followers with fast, accurate information during emergencies, natural disasters or when other communications services aren’t accessible :: Read the full article »»»»