Twitter’s New Alert System Sounds During Capitol Lockdown

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Lockdown

One of Twitter’s newest functions got a chance to prove its worth just a week after its launch.During the brief time that the U.S. Capitol was under lockdown on Thursday after gunshots were fired near the building, the Senate Sergeant at Arms pushed out a notification using Twitter’s emergency alert system. The company introduced this feature last week. For more on this story, click here!

Screen shot 2013-10-04 at 4.28.28 PMLast week, Karen Nyberg decided to make a stuffed dinosaur for her 3-year old son out of spare materials she had lying around, and posted it on Pinterest. This wouldn’t be news — except for the fact that Nyberg is an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.”I made this dinosaur for my son last Sunday,” Nyberg wrote. “It is made out of velcro-like fabric that lines the Russian food containers found here on the ISS. It is lightly stuffed with scraps from a used t-shirt.” More on this story here.

govt-closed

They can take away our government but they can’t take away our ability to complain about it over social media.The U.S. Congress failed to reach a short-term budgetary compromise last night, meaning a full fledged government shutdown commenced at midnight ET Tuesday to kick off the month of October. And despite the serious implications that come along with more than 800,000 government workers now furloughed, social media has been abuzz with comments of all types — from the maddening to the hilarious. Click here to read more!

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