Google’s Disaster Relief Now Features Real-Time Tweets

Google and Twitter

Tech giants Google and Twitter have had difficulties seeing eye-to-eye since the end of their partnership in 2011, but it appears Google is putting old grievances aside for a greater good. As of Tuesday, Google Public Alerts has begun incorporating tweets from disaster-struck locations. Extracted from Twitter’s public API, these notifications are used to supplement updates from organizations like the National Weather Service. The idea is to have the public’s tweets help answer questions like “Are schools closing?”, “Are neighbors evacuating?”, and “What are people seeing on the front lines of a storm?” Google Public Alerts disseminates the emergency messages through services such as Google Maps and Google Now, as well as the Public Alerts website. Currently, only English-speaking regions benefit from the new feature.

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