Thursday, April 29, 2010

Area police trying out social media alert system - The Boston Globe

Interesting times

Police departments in several communities south of Boston have gone digital, or are considering doing so, with Nixle, a community information service that sends out alerts to residents via text messages and e-mails about everything from street closings to Amber Alert notifications.

Free to anyone who subscribes, Nixle is similar to a social networking tool like Twitter. Its servers work through the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System, so only carefully screened and authorized members of law enforcement agencies can add content, which ensures that the information posted is authentic.

Area police trying out social media alert system - The Boston Globe

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