Twitter has announced Twitter Alerts – a feature that helps emergency services, government organisations, and charities share critical information as quickly as possible. Think Rural Fire Services and letting locals threatened by fire know to evacuate.
Users can subscribe to an account’s Twitter Alerts and will receive notifications to their phones whenever an alert is sent. Tweets are sent via SMS and push notifications. Alerts will also be highlighted on subscribers’ Twitter feeds.
Since December several Australian organisations/departments/etc have signed on including:
- The NSW Rural Fire Service (@NSWRFS): Subscribe
- NSW Police (@nswpolice): Subscribe
- Victorian Police (@VictoriaPolice): Subscribe
- Queensland Police (@QPSmedia): Subscribe
- Western Australia Police (@WA_Police): Subscribe
- South Australian Police (@SAPoliceNews): Subscribe
- Australian Government’s travel advisory (@smartraveller): Subscribe
- The Department of Health (@healthgovau): Subscribe
- Fire & Rescue NSW (@FRNSW): Subscribe
- Country Fire Service South Australia (@CFSAlerts): Subscribe
- The City of Brisbane (@brisbanecityqld): Subscribe
- The City of Sydney (@CityofSydney): Subscribe
- The Australian Red Cross (@RedCrossAU): Subscribe
I find it interesting to watch how Twitter, along with other social media sites, are changing our lives in very real ways (such as LinkedIn altering the job market); and with a Dad living in a rural, fire-prone region I for one am a big supporter of this one.