Using twitter as an outage notification
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Sun Jul 5 13:03:08 UTC 2009
In article <0D357934-85DE-4935-8F58-02F5FCC1DC8A at americafree.tv>,
Marshall Eubanks <tme at americafree.tv> writes
>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.
There's going to be a handful a year. Such as "school closed today due
to snow". or "remember - school closed today for staff training" [a
curious British phenomenon].
>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 ?
No, if the school's closed, it's closed. No debate allowed.
>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
Such a person could be designated.
>Also, if the school looses power in a storm,
Schools in urban areas here very rarely lose power in storms. All the
cables are underground. Of course, losing power would be another excuse
to close the school :)
>is there a backup means of getting to the Internet ?
A laptop with a 3g modem would suffice, or for Twitter someone with a
suitably configure mobile phone.
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