Am I the only one that just got that crazy Amber Alert on my iPhone?—
Ashley Vaughn (@ashley_vaughn) August 06, 2013
A statewide Amber Alert was issued in California last night as authorities search for 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and 8-year-old Ethan Anderson. James Lee DiMaggio, 40, is suspected of abducting the siblings from San Diego County on Saturday after he murdered their mother.
“California” and “#AmberAlert” zoomed up the Twitter trends chart as iPhone users received the alert. Amber Alerts are pushed to iPhone 4S and 5 phones running iOS 6.1.
But the trend wasn’t solely about concern for the kidnapped kids. Won’t somebody think of the iPhone owners?
iPhone just gave me my first Amber Alert, and the sound it makes is absolutely terrifying! Would a soothing harp sound be so wrong?—
Mike Schiff (@SchiffyM) August 06, 2013
I guess the iPhone suddenly has a setting where it sends Amber Alerts along with a loud alarm sound. Not like I was sleeping or anything…—
Wes (@wesisrad) August 06, 2013
Just got a random amber alert sent to my iphone the sound it made scared the hell outta me—
Ramii Da Don (@Rev_Ram) August 06, 2013
The AMBER Alert on the iPhone has the most horrifying, startling sound.—
Dalton (@Dalt584) August 06, 2013
My gf just got an Amber Alert on her iPhone. Crazy, never seen or heard of such a thing. Sound was horrible, turned off before reading alert—
Taylen Peterson (@taylen24) August 06, 2013
The iPhone amber alert sound connected to car speakers was terrifying—
Kevin Varzandeh (@kevinvarz) August 06, 2013
This iPhone Amber Alert almost gave me a heart attack… That sound freaked me out—
Ryan Diew (@RyanDiew) August 06, 2013
Just got an amber alert on my iPhone accompanied by a tornado-warning style sound. That's a first!—
Poornima Gupta (@PoornimaGupta) August 06, 2013
Hope the kids are found safe, but is the iPhone amber alert meant to sound like the horn of a car containing kidnapped kids, because it does—
DINO DINCO (@THATDINODINCO) August 06, 2013
Even the California Highway Patrol acknowledged that the Amber Alert “might have scared some of you.”
But when every second counts, the iPhone alerts are essential to raising awareness about abducted kids.
An upside to the freak-out: The trending Twitter topic brought much-needed attention to the abduction of Hannah and Ethan.
Here’s what the suspect looks like without facial hair.
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