The “Red Alert Israel” has adopted the “Yo” app to send an alarm to your friends’ smartphones every time rockets, mortars and missiles are fired into Israel.
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Here’s an app which may have little or no use in countries where there’s no Hamas government nearby: the “RedAlertIsrael” app lets you know whenever a rocket attack is predicted inside Israeli territory. But you never know.
The original “Yo” app, which has so far been successful at raising millions of dollars in funding, allows users to send a warning “yo” to friends with just one tap.
That’s the entire premise.
You choose a user name, enter your mobile number, assemble your online friends (you must bring your own) and you can start to “yo.”
The app’s creators initially worked with these scenarios:
“You” means a brief good morning to a friend.
“Yo” means you’re thinking about your boyfriend.
“Yo” means you’re done with work and you want to get together, hook up, whatever you young people are doing today.
The concept was exciting enough for Yo to reach as many as 200, 000 by mid-June, according to the app’s Twitter account.
Now, according to the Times of Israel, the “Red Alert Israel” has adopted the same app to send an alarm to your friends’ smartphones every time rockets, mortars and missiles are fired into Israel. Each alert tells you what area is under fire. The app sounds an alarm, very reminiscent of an emergency siren, when a Red Color alert is sounded anywhere in Israel, listing the location and the time of the predicted strike. The app sends the warnings whenever the IDF Homefront Command activates its warning system
So far, users both love and hate the new app, which they say is annoying, because it goes off so often, but this is the point, really, isn’t it? Also, if you live outside Israel and have the app, you can experience proxy fear and anxiety just like an Israeli.