Twitter Alerts comes to the UK and Ireland for emergency communication. 57 accounts including UK’s 47 police forces have already signed up. These will be in the shape of notifications and messages that give vital information to users of Twitter’s services.
Were a crisis such as a fire or traffic jam to occur, the first thing that is necessary is to get the info to the right individuals. Twitter is an ideal platform for the dispersion of such emergency news to ordinary citizens so that they may act accordingly. That is why the Twitter Alerts service is about to begin operations in the UK and Ireland.
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Twitter states in official blog, "In times of crisis, the public rely on emergency services, government organisations and charities to share critical information as quickly as possible, frequently via Twitter. And from today, we’re making it easier for those organisations to get that critical information to the right people at the right time with the launch of Twitter Alerts in the UK and Ireland."
Over 57 accounts have already signed up for the amenity. From among these 47 comprise the UK’s police squads. The London Fire Brigade, the Office of the Mayor of London, the Foreign Office and the Environment Agency are all included in this scheme. Twitter Alerts which can be differentiated by means of the orange bell icon will come to the inboxes of account holders from many of the public safety agencies.
SMS’s and push notifications will appear on mobile phones and for those employing the Android platform respectively. The subscription process is fairly simple and anyone may avail it. Crises, disasters and emergencies will form the major categories which form most of the Twitter Alerts.
The service began as a sincere effort in September of 2013. The countries that participated in its making include the United States, Korea and Japan. The safety and security of the general public was kept in mind. Weather conditions and outbreaks of crime were to be especially reported as precautionary measures by the Twitter Alerts service.