Breaking News Alert — That’s So 30-Minutes Ago!

Okay so, we all have pet peeves, and one of my own is getting a news alert, something labeled “Breaking News” and then for the next two hours I get the same story from 10 different news sources. It seems to me things are getting a little out of control, along with perhaps this is one of the problems of having news media apps on personal tech devices, or checking to e-mail news lists of various media outlets. Someone needs to fix this problem because it’s getting so ridiculous, it’s completely extraordinary, and it is a waste in our time as users to have to keep deleting everything. Okay so let’s talk.

Someone needs to think of an iphone app which runs all the words of the media news alert that you get, and does not deliver duplicate “breaking news stories” from multiple media venues. Let’s say you take the new York Times, your local paper, the usa Today, and a couple of TV news stations’ e-mail signals, or enroll in their apps. In this case, if a famous person died for instance, the iphone app would scan all the information in it and if there was no new information from the last breaking news alert from a different media outlet, it would simply send it to the erased box.

Let me give you an example of why I even thought i would write this article. The other day I felt an earthquake, it was not more than about 40 miles away. Within 3 minutes, I got a news alert that there was a 5. 5 earthquake near here. I got this news alert before I even had time go over to the computer to search Cal Tech’s online earthquake reports, something that folks in California execute a lot. Then, for what must have been an hour and a half I kept getting breaking news alerts from all sorts of news organizations including the New york Times, Wa Post, and Miami Herald. Breaking news today

Yes, I realize that these newspapers are pretty distant, and it probably isn’t a real big issue for them, but it sure seemed like a lot of nonsense for me, after all, I felt the thing over an hour and a half ago, I don’t need anyone to tell me there was an earthquake. Further, it looked like these were all duplicates, like the Associated Press had tapped out it up and given into all the newspapers, and they merely replayed it to everyone their subscribers’ e-mail boxes. Enough will do. Please consider all this and think on it.

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