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November 18, 2013

Twitter Launch Alerts Service in UK and Ireland to Aid Emergency Services

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Twitter has launched its Twitter Alerts service in the UK and Ireland after a successful period in the US, bringing the emergency and crisis service to British and Irish users.

It allows participating emergency services in both countries to mark tweets sent via official accounts as “Alerts”. It means that they can distribute critical information to the right people as efficiently as possible. The affected tweets will be marked with an orange bell to make them stand out.
In addition, as well as be able to see the tweets, Twitter users who sign up for an account’s Twitter Alerts will receive a notification to their phones via SMS. And Android smartphone and iPhone owners will also received a push notification.

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57 accounts have signed up for the programme, including the UK’s 47 police forces, An Garda Síochána, the London Fire Brigade, the Mayor of London’s office, the Foreign Office, CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre) and the Environment Agency. A full list of participating organisations can be found here.

To subscribe to the notifications, you can go directly to an account’s alert set-up page at twitter.com/[username]/alerts. The Police Scotland alerts page, for example, can be found at twitter.com/policescotland/alerts.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini