TwitterTwitter Adds to its Mobile Emergency Alert System Ben Baggett December 21, 2013 Twitter It’s easier now than ever before to stay up-to-date on critical information during an emergency, especially with services like Twitter’s Emergency Alert System. Launched in early September, the Alert system is used to keep users updated with mobile notification from organizations like FEMA. This past Thursday, Twitter updated their Emergency Alert System, adding a bell icon to participating organizations’ mobile profiles. The company also added in-app notification for iOS users. “Now, on your iOS or Android app, you can go to a participating organization’s profile and easily subscribe to their Alerts as push notifications by tapping on the bell icon. We also added in-app notifications for iOS: when you’re browsing on Twitter you’ll now receive a notification at the bottom of your screen when an alert is sent by an organization whose Alerts you subscribe to.” In the past few years, Twitter has steadily become a reliable source of real-time information for city-wide emergencies and national news. Adding an Emergency Alert System seems like a natural progression for Twitter, allowing users to take advantage of the constant stream of information available.Twitter Alerts was born out of the Lifeline project, which was a similar service launched in Japan after the devastating Tsunami and earthquake. Users can opt-in to receive the Emergency Alert notification by SMS or push notifications. At launch the service was available to those in the United States, Japan and Korea. On Thursday, four new countries were added, including Australia, Brazil, Ireland, and the UK. A full list of the participating organizations can be found here. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Sign me up for the newsletter!