Using twitter as an outage notification
tme at americafree.tv
Sun Jul 5 06:01:45 CDT 2009
On Jul 5, 2009, at 6:23 AM, Roland Perry wrote:
> In article <4A4FD58B.2000703 at gmail.com>, JC Dill <jcdill.lists at gmail.com
> > writes
>> Even easier, you make an email address on your system that is an
>> alias to posterous. So they send to "post at schoolsystem.edu"
>> which .forwards out to posterous, which posts to the school blog,
>> myspace, facebook, twitter,
> It doesn't have any of those, that's the point really.
> Is twitter the one I should get them started with first?
I would say this partially would depend on how and what you want to
communicate. If there is just going to be
one pronouncement per day (the school is up / down / delayed), then
facebook and / or myspace would suggest themselves.
They are to date free, and the students will know what they are. I
would start with facebook.
If you look at the #AuthorizeNet situation, there was a lot of back
and forth. Will the schools have a need for
back and forth ? If they do, then, yes, twitter might be part of the
solution and you might start with it. It's free, cross-platform, and
you can also assume that the students (if not their parents) know what
it is. This might also be a good for teachers and
the school to communicate, say by DM (direct messages).
Note that this will take people answering questions / dealing with
issues on twitter. Specifically, someone would have
to pay attention
to it during any quasi-emergency period - do the schools have such a
Also, if the school looses power in a storm, is there a backup means
of getting to the Internet ?
>> Show them how a radio station can retweet the info
> It's have to be automated as there are hundreds to do over a periods
> of a few tens of minutes (the schools don't generally announce they
> are closing until they see how many teachers made it to work, and
> that's not long before they have to open - students get marked down
> for being late, even in bad weather, so can't delay setting out from
> home; it's an interesting operational model.)
>> and then announce "to get info on school closings, follow us on
>> twitter at...."
> http://twitter.com/trentfmnews (but it's not exactly high traffic)
>> and everyone can send the info TO the radio station and get the
>> info FROM the radio station quickly and easily.
> The radio station would probably be overwhelmed if they got much
> more than one tweet per school.
>>> I don't think it has. All they ever hear about other Web2.0 like
>>> Facebook and Bebo is how dangerous they are for kids.
>> Sheesh. Cars and bikes are far more dangerous for kids than
>> Facebook and Bebo. That's why kids are taught the rules of the
>> road, to always wear bike helmets, to always buckle up in the car,
>> and they get driver training.
> Part of my day job is getting that sort of training about using the
> Internet, into schools. So far most of them have only got as far as
> teaching the students how to operate Powerpoint (yes I know that's
> not an Internet application), and installing filters to try to keep
> them off YouTube during lessons.
>>> But I'm beginning to think that finally maybe Twitter has the
>>> right profile for this application.
>> Again, why limit yourself? Use all the tools available.
> One step at a time :)
> Roland Perry
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