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NOUS41 KWBC 231104

Service Change Notice 14-50
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
705 AM EDT Tue Sep 23 2014

TO:       Subscribers:
          -Family of Services
          -NOAA Weather Wire Service
          -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network
          Other NWS Partners, Users, and NWS Employees

FROM:     Iftikhar Jamil
          NOAA Assistant Chief Information Officer, NWS

  Chris Strager
  Acting Director, NWS Office of Climate, Water, and
  Weather Services

SUBJECT:  Transition from Experimental to Operational Status of
          NWS Use of Twitter as an Environmental Information
          Service, October 31, 2014

Effective October 31, 2014, NWS use of Twitter as an
environmental information service, will transition to
operational status. Twitter is a commonly used social networking
service that allows participants to share information with other
users. Microblogging services like Twitter serve as an important
source of real-time news updates. The short nature of updates
allows users to post news items quickly, reaching their audience
in seconds. NWS has been providing these pages on an
experimental basis, as described at:

Use of Twitter will provide a complementary means to disseminate
important information about hazardous weather conditions. The
posts will also be used for public outreach and education and to
direct users to official NWS Web sites.

Twitter feeds are currently available for a large number of NWS
offices.  It is NWS`s intent to implement local Facebook pages
for all NWS offices.  A search within Twitter for "@NWS" under
"People" will identify current NWS feeds.
Twitter posts will serve as a supplemental channel to
disseminate environmental information. Availability of this
service is subject to constraints of Twitter service
availability and to availability of users` internet service.
Users should not rely on this service as the primary means of
receiving alerts/warnings of hazardous weather. NWS
alerts/warnings are available on NOAA Weather Radio and on our
official website:

Responses to user posts are made on a time-available basis and
may be limited, especially during periods of severe weather.

Users must have valid Twitter accounts to search for pages or
post content. Information on Twitter can be found at:

Disclaimers regarding NWS use of social media services can be
found at:

If you have comments or questions regarding this Public
Information Statement, please contact:

  Corey Pieper
  National Weather Service
  819 Taylor Street
  Fort Worth, TX 76102-6171
  817-978-110 x 122

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