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Twitter Alerts Lets Users Get Emergency Information, Fast (SocialTimes)
Twitter has become a place for people to connect and get information quickly during emergencies. To facilitate the speed of information, Wednesday Twitter announced the launch of Twitter Alerts. Mashable
Public institutions and NGOs can send out emergency alerts via text message and push notifications in times of crisis. Users can sign up to receive emergency notifications from specific accounts, and will receive a text or push notification when that account sends a tweet it labels as an alert. ReadWrite Alerts viewed in the timeline will be highlighted with an orange bell so users can differentiate them from regular tweets. Last year, Twitter released a similar feature exclusively in Japan. The Verge Current agencies, as well as potential future applicants, are strictly admonished not to inundate users with unnecessary alerts, providing only vital crisis updates. “Twitter Alerts should not be used for general updates about your organization,” it writes, and tweeting fundraising requests or anything commercial is strictly forbidden. Reuters Even as the New York City Fire Department used Twitter to communicate with residents during Hurricane Sandy, there were pranksters who spread misinformation on the service, including a rumor that the New York Stock Exchange was submerged underwater. And in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, the name of a missing Brown University student went viral on Twitter after many users, including journalists, mistakenly identified him as a suspect.
Facebook Publishes Facebook for Educators and Community Leaders Guide (AllFacebook)
Facebook Wednesday published a valuable resource to help parents and educators guide teens through the online world, the Facebook for Educators and Community Leaders Guide. Contributors to the guide included the Family Online Safety Institute, WiredSafety, ConnectSafely.org, the Girl Scouts of Northern California, the PACER Center, Edutopia, the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops, Cartoon Network’s Stop Bullying: Speak Up, and author and parenting expert Rosalind Wiseman.
Post-Its, Evernote Teaming Up in Sticky New Exploit (CNET)
Looks like Post-It notes are still a sticky idea, even in the digital age. The note-taking software service Evernote, and 3M, the company behind the venerable paper stickies, are joining forces to introduce software that will easily recognize pictures of Post-Its, so users can organize and store them digitally.
WordPress to Get Collaborative Post-Editing After CloudUp Acquisition
WordPress’ parent company Automattic bought content-sharing technology startup Cloudup Wednesday. The company’s technology will eventually help WordPress with a number of new features including collaborative editing.
GoDaddy and Twitter Partner Up for Small Businesses (AllTwitter)
Internet domain registrar and Web hosting company GoDaddy has teamed up with Twitter to make it easier than ever for small business customers to set up a Twitter profile alongside their website, reports Mashable. The ability to create a Twitter profile has been integrated into GoDaddy’s small-business-focused Website Builder, which includes 300 themes and 25,000 stock images.
Google Hangouts for Android Gets Icons to Show Who is Available, Contact Categories, and Pinch-to-Zoom Photos (The Next Web)
Google Wednesday updated Google Hangouts for Android, adding multiple new features including a very useful one that lets you finally distinguish between who is online and who is merely signed in. You can download the new version now directly from Google Play.
New York Drivers Getting Texting Zones for Safer Texting on Highways (AppNewser)
To combat the dangers of texting while driving, the state of New York is adding new infrastructure or Texting Zones. Nearly 300 designated texting areas will be clearly marked for drivers who need to do some quick texting in a safe location.
Twitter Snags the NFL for Another Ad Win (AllThingsD)
Here’s another high-profile ad win for Twitter as it gears up for its IPO: A big partnership with the NFL, which will bring video highlights and other content from America’s most popular sport to the social network. The pact is one of Twitter’s Amplify deals, which let TV programmers distribute short video clips, preceded by even shorter video ads, on the service.
SI.com Releases Annual #SITwitter 100 (SocialTimes)
Wednesday, SI.com released the website’s annual Twitter 100 (#SITwitter100), a list of the top 100 people you should be following in the sports world on the microblogging service, as selected by SI’s staffers. In addition, in a partnership with Twitter, the coverage also includes the top 10 sports moments of the year (#Storylines).