SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – Twitter is launching an alerts feature that lets U.S. users receive emergency notices as text messages.
Alerts are available from the American Red Cross, the Centers for Disease Control, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal and local groups. If users sign up to receive Twitter alerts from one of these groups, they will get a text message notification whenever the group sends a tweet marked as an alert.READ MORE: Splash Brothers Curry, Thompson Lead Warriors Past Pistons, 102-86
Twitter says alerts will also be marked with an orange bell icon to differentiate them from regular tweets.READ MORE: Friends, Loved Ones Remember Michelle Go, Killed In NY Subway Attack At San Francisco Chinatown Vigil
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.MORE NEWS: 2 Pedestrians Killed, 2 Hurt In Crash In San Jose
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