Twitter launches emergency alerts for phones
NEW YORK (KGO) -- Twitter will soon provide a new service designed to help during an emergency.
By the end of the year, the Twitter Alerts program will allow police departments and groups like the Red Cross to send out tweets during an emergency through a special account.
Twitter says alerts will also be marked with an orange bell icon to differentiate them from regular tweets.
The move follows a feature called "lifeline", which Twitter launched in Japan last year. It underscores the services' growing role in delivering fast information in an emergency.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)
twitter, smartphones, cellphone, red cross, disaster, technology
- Man leads police on wild chase around Antioch
- Record streak continues for Winter Spare the Air Alerts
- Hearing produces new details, video of Asiana crash
- Toys for Tots donations really low this year
- PG&E removes pipe involved in Oakland gas leak
- Man shot by deputy may be "Cotton Ball Bandit"
- Memorial takes place in SF to honor Mandela
- Huy Fong Foods halting Sriracha sauce shipments
- Teen given probation in DUI crash that killed four
- Mother releases video of daughter killed in Sandy Hook shooting
- Winter Spare the Air called through Thursday
- abcnews: First lady's glare seen round the world
- roundup: Warehouse fire; Mandela memorial
- weather: Bay Area weather forecast for Thursday
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed Photos