In the middle of last night, a shrill alarm went off on my iPhone that shot me straight out of bed. The first thought out of my head was that it was the smoke detector and my house was going down in flames. It actuality it was an Amber Alert!
It turns out that everyone in California with a phone capable of receiving alerts got the message, and they just were as startled as I was. Within minutes, people took to social media to share their opinions on the new alarm system.
Almost instantly, it became a top trending topic worldwide on Twitter.
I’m happy this way of announcing such an important message quickly got everyone’s attention. Social media is a great way to spread the word, thus increasing the chances of finding these children. However, the only thing information the alert listed when it appeared on my phone screen was a description of a car with no further link for more information. This left a lot of people in California confused and angry in the middle of the night. Had I not taken the initiative to Google what it was about, the alert was seemingly worthless.
What is your opinion on this alert system?