How will the government get the word out the next time there's a serious terrorist threat? The same way you tell everyone what you had for lunch and how much you like that video of that baby that did that stupid thing: social networking!

In addition to streamlining terror alerts from a soothing color-coded rainbow of fear to simple, two levelā€”essentially "be scared" and "you're dead"ā€”system, they'll be spreading the word via Twitter and Facebook. Just like Paul Revere would have done had he been alive today and/or a late 20-something single gal with a lot of time on her hands.

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So keeping checking those feeds, America! It's officially a matter of life and death. [AP]