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Amber Alert, now on Facebook

Amber Alert

Amber Alert, the missing children notification service, has joined Facebook.

It’s nice to see that Facebook is becoming truly useful on the community level.

Yesterday, Facebook announced it is teaming up with local authorities nationwide to help find missing children. People can now find Amber Alerts on the popular social networking site. Now, with only a click of the mouse, or via an update on your phone, you can help find a missing child.

Amber Alert

Amber Alert

Facebook users in all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands can now sign up to receive the alerts. You can pick which states will send you alerts.

The Statistics. It’s reported that more than 2,000 children are reported missing every day in the United States. That’s an alarming number. Currently, many states have only been using electronic billboards, highway signs, radio, and TV to issue Amber Alerts. The addition of Facebook and SMS text alerts to your cellphone will be a tremendous help in helping reunite missing children with their families and caregivers. Hopefully, this will help more children faster than before.

False Alerts? This will be most helpful after a rash of false Amber Alerts were spread via Facebook in 2010. Every month from April through September of 2010, at least one false Amber Alert was circulated on Facebook.

The Real Amber Alerts. To get Amber Alerts from Facebook visit http://www.facebook.com/AMBERalert. For more about Amber Alerts visit http://www.amberalert.com.

Bloglines

Bloglines

Bloglines

For all you Bloglines users out there, you can find Skylarking among the feeds there. I’m spreading my wings and broadening the horizons as it were. I setup a blog there called “Skylarking’s Notes” where I’ll track some items’ I find on the web, much as I do here. the URL/web address is http://www.bloglines.com/blog/skylarking.

For those of you unfamiliar with Bloglines, here is a description, slihtly revised, from the site:

What is Bloglines?

Bloglines is a FREE online service that helps you subscribe to and manage web information, such as news feeds, blogs and audio. Bloglines tracks the information you’re interested in, retrieves new stuff as it happens, and organizes everything for you on your own personal web news page.

How Does Bloglines Work?

Bloglines is a “news aggregator.” Many online information sources, including web sites, blogs and news services, now broadcast their content to the web in so-called “syndicated feeds” or “news feeds” with new technologies like Really Simple Syndication (RSS) and ATOM. News aggregator software and services collect those syndicated feeds and present them to end users in a variety of ways.

Bloglines is a server-based aggregation system. This means that we run and manage all of the software and technologies necessary to collect the syndicated feeds from tens of millions of online information sources on our own computer servers and databases, and deliver that amazing content to you as a free, easy-to use online service.

After you join Bloglines you simply search for the content you are interested in and identify the feeds you want to track. Once you “subscribe” to those feeds (a single-click maneuver in most cases), Bloglines will constantly check those feeds for changes or additions and direct new information onto your Bloglines personal page.

How is Bloglines different from other news readers and aggregators?

  1. We’re free. Others charge a one time or monthly fee.
  2. We’re a web-based service you can use from any computer or appliance with a web browser. Others are desktop-bound software applications.
  3. Nobody offers all the features we do.
  4. We were the first, we are the largest and fastest growing.

How Much Does Bloglines Cost?

Nothing. Zip. Nada. Bloglines is completely free.

I hope you’ll look me up when you get there.  Again, the URL over there is bloglines.com/blog/skylarking.