MDOT to use Twitter during hurricane season

Published 9:00 pm Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Too busy fleeing from a hurricane to decide which evacuation route to take in Mississippi? You may want to check your cell phone or laptop for a tweet.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation will use the micro-blogging platform to relay information to evacuees during the upcoming hurricane season. Twitter allows users to post 140 characters that can be viewed by anyone with Internet access.

The tweets — Twitter posts — can be sent or received on either a computer or cell phone.

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MDOT has created six separate Twitter feeds to provide route-specific traffic information to evacuees traveling on Interstates 10, 20, 55, 59 and U.S. Highways 49 and 98.

MDOT Twitter feeds:—i55—i59—us49—us98—i10—i20

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