Twitter is a fantastic way to find out, instantly, whatever there is to know about what’s going on in town, thanks to the contribution of both local news sources and Darien residents who tweet — especially during a local emergency — so I wanted to make this real-time information easily accessible to everyone, especially those of you who don’t tweet.
Storm Tweets centralizes any and all tweets that relate to the upcoming storm and its impact on the Darien community, whether they come from neighbors, officials, new sources, or emergency organizations — so anyone can benefit from this up-to-the-second information, at any time: from your cell phone browser or computer or wherever you can get online between now and the end of the storm/ its aftermath.
You do NOT have to use Twitter or know how to tweet in order to follow this page: simply open this webpage and refresh it every few minutes to see the absolute, up-to-the-minute tweets from around town. Learn of downed trees and phone lines, flooded/closed roads, official instructions from the Darien Police Department, town emergency officials, who’s open for coffee, and more.
A QUICK TWITTER TUTORIAL:
– Think of “tweets” as little status updates, that often include “#” in front of words to help categorize what’s being discussed. (i.e. “#Darien”) This allows others to instantly identify tweets that relate to their interests.
– If tweets seem cryptic and abbreviated, it’s because they have to be: tweets are limited to 140 characters, so each tweet has to be as concise as possible in communicating the author’s point.
– Each author is identified by an “@” in front of their username.
–”RT” means “Re-Tweet,” which is an author’s way of ‘forwarding’ a tweet that they think is useful for others to see who might not have seen it themselves. On the Storm Tweets page, you will probably see a lot of the same tweets being re-tweeted by others: don’t let that frustrate you It’s just everyone trying to spread the word.
Don’t worry, just be patient and give it a few tries: you’ll be surprised by how quickly you adapt to the format of tweets and how to read them!