Twitter Alerts: New countries and features

December 24, 2013 9:43 pm

In September, Twitter Alerts launched to help people receive critical information during times of crisis.

Since then, Twitter Alerts has grown to include countries and organizations around the world.

By enrolling in Twitter Alerts, an organization can push an Alert to users’ phones during an emergency, natural disaster or whenever other communication services aren’t accessible. Twitter Alerts now have participating organizations in the U.S., Japan, Korea, UK, Ireland, Australia and Brazil.

Twitter has recently added some new features to make Twitter Alerts even more accessible to you. 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 Australia, there are more than a dozen participating organizations, including the City of Sydney, the Australian Red Cross, the Department of Health, and fire and police departments from several municipalities.

Clicker here for a full list of accounts currently offering Twitter Alerts.