Social Media Location Ambiguity (part 2)

So going through my Twitter feed today, which is set to look for “emergency alert” and “emergency notification”, what do we find?

At least a dozen posts for incidents in Australia and Canada.

Note that if you are US-based and you add a US state designation, it’s unlikely to get confused with another country.  The US-originated emergency alerts we saw today would have had “PA” (Pennsylvania) and “CO” (Colorado) on them, making it clear that they were from US locations.

And don’t depend on your identity as a poster to make the location clear.  If your tweet is re-tweeted (yesterday, there were dozens of RTs on a Philadelphia heat warning), your identity could quickly get lost in the shuffle.

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