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Twitter's New Emergency Alert System
By: Jessica Cherok
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This week, Twitter announced its new emergency alert system. The system is for public agencies as well as non-governmental organizations (NGO) to send messages, either by text or push notifications. As a Twitter user, you will need to sign up with the specific account in order to receive the alerts. They will also appear as part of the social media site’s stream.

Twitter, as well as other social media outlets, have proven to be one of the best methods of disseminating information in emergency situations. Users are able to quickly confirm if they are okay following a disaster or other emergency, as well as search for friends and loved ones. Governments and aid organizations have been working for some time to create more unified notification systems.

According to Twitter’s blog, the alerts are a “new feature that brings us one step closer to helping users get important and accurate information from credible organizations during emergencies, natural disasters or moments when other communication services aren’t accessible.”

The list of organizations that have signed up with the Twitter Alert system is continuing to grow. For a list of participating organizations, as well as additional information on the program, check out Twitter’s step-by-step guide.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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