Tired of sitting in traffic when you are on your way home or leaving Seabrook Island? There are only two ways off the island, so when there is an accident, trees down, or other obstruction on one of the roads, the other one becomes congested.
A few years ago, our subscribers asked us to find a way we could inform them of road congestion as well as weather issues, such as road flooding, in a quick and easy way without having to scroll through their email. Even though many read about events in Tidelines, they want to know in real-time when an emergency occurs.
We researched several different apps and social media outlets and found that Twitter is the best fit for us. We wanted something that could generate a notification to a prescribed group of followers. And we wanted subscribers to control how they received the information. TidelinesAlert was hatched.
You can receive information as we receive it via our Twitter push. You sign up to follow TidelinesAlert and you don’t have to follow anyone you don’t want to follow. You choose whose tweets you receive.
In other words, if you subscribe to the TidelinesAlert, you can activate the notification and sound features for only TidelinesAlert and you will receive special traffic, weather, or emergency alerts via Twitter. This means you can get urgent Tidelines notifications as they are published on Twitter while still maintaining a daily or weekly summary of Tidelines posts via email.
To get started, the first thing you need to do, if you haven’t already done so, is to subscribe to Twitter. If you are already a Twitter follower, go straight to Step 2 below.
- Download the Twitter app if you don’t already subscribe, then go to Twitter.com and follow the directions to set up your account. When you have completed that, go into the settings on your phone to turn on notifications for Twitter.
- Go back to the Twitter app on your phone, press the “Search” button at the bottom, and in the search field at the top, type in TidelinesAlert. Click on our logo. (Click here to see it at the top of our website.)
- Once in TidelinesAlert,
– Click on “Follow” to allow Tidelines to come to your device.
– Then click on the bell near the word “Following” to activate notifications and sounds. The bell icon allows you to get a sound alert for TidelinesAlert only. This is a two-step process.
You can find these directions on our website under the dropdown menu “Manage Subscriptions.”