Portland Fire 911 Twitter Feed

Sends recent 911 fire call data to a twitter account. Pulls data from the 911 geoRSS feed. Also provides a link to a Google map of the incident location. I currently run this off of a PHP script on my own server and send the output to the Twitter account @pdx911fire Targeted demographic (who app is intended for): Anyone that has in interest in the activities of the fire/EMS/police activities in the area. Concerned citizens, local media, etc. Specific need that is addressed by app: The need for real-time updates about emergency services. Anticipated usage (by whom, under what circumstances, etc): Currently being used by many regular citizens, people who work for emergency services, traffic monitoring services, and local media. Who and what will be impacted by the app, and how: By providing real-time emergency service data, people will be more aware of the incidents in their neighborhood, traffic services can provide warnings about certain emergency traffic situations, and local media will have an instant notification of emergency events How information is presented, that's not presented elsewhere; how it is unique: The information is presented in near-teal-time via Twitter. The makes the data extremely easy for anyone to obtain, use, and stay Strengths of the design: Very easy to see the data. People also have a variety of ways to monitor the data: web, cell phone, or various 3rd party Twitter applications.
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alicec's picture

I think that something like this for Twitter is a great idea. Some people check Twitter as well as Facebook extremely often. What better way to get certain news out? Have you heard anything of a Facebook app in development? I would suggest to take a look at some <a href="http://www.webtrends.com/Products/Analytics/Facebook.aspx">Facebook application analytics</a> to see if this would be beneficial as well.

Submitted by alicec on November 9, 2011 - 2:00pm