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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 19:50

Notification Trends in Social Media

Written by  THOMAS MAGEE

On Jan. 15, 2018, the citizens of Hawaii were scared to death. The people in Hawaii were flooded with a horrifying message. They were confronted on all of their devices, on TV, on electronic road signs, a message saying that a ballistic missile was headed for Hawaii. People were advised to seek shelter. People ran around aimlessly, hid in sewers, and generally acted crazy. CBS News carried the story of Hawaii resident Amanda Thompson. She screamed when she read the alert. She and her husband threw water and supplies into a tiny closet under the stairs and huddled with their infant and 2-year-old, believing they were about to die. “We grabbed everything we possibly could – blankets, pillows, diapers, wipes, food, and water bottles – as I’m crying my eyes out,” Thompson said. “We called his parents, and I’m crying so hard they can’t understand me.” The message was a false alarm. However,