Update on Coronavirus
What is Wildfire app doing about the Coronavirus and why?
With the Coronavirus affecting the country at a national and local level, we've seen Wildfire's impact to help people access critical information in the interest of their well being. We've seen thousands of students and university employees post about the Coronavirus in their area. Right now, information about new local coronavirus cases, closures, and cancellations is spread across dozens of sources.
This is why we built Wildfire, to be the fastest and simplest way to be informed about your local area, and so we're devoting extra focus to help you stay informed about the Coronavirus. The Wildfire app has added a new Coronavirus tab to the app. This tab contains only verified news alerts about the Coronavirus in your local area. We've seen that in challenging times, your community can be a great source of support and our mission is to help foster that.
How does Wildfire verify or moderate Coronavirus news and information?
The Coronavirus tab contains only verified news alerts about the Coronavirus in your local area - from vetted news sources and institutes such as the CDC and WHO.
What is Wildfire?
Wildfire is a mobile app that keeps you informed of important events happening nearby and makes it easy to spread the word quickly when something significant happens. So far we’re at 200+ college campuses with over 350,000 students and growing quickly!
How does it work?
Wildfire is a mobile app where important, trending posts get sent out as alerts to people nearby. Some real life examples include:
- ⚠️ Safety: Wildfire alerted 4,000 Berkeley students within a 1-mile radius of a shooting, a minute after it happened.
- 😎 Celebrity Sightings: 11,000 students instantly found out that Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors) was on campus.
- 📢 Protests: A protest in Raleigh broke on Wildfire before any other social media platform. Students were posting pictures, videos and discussing the event in real-time.
- 🚫 Classes Cancelled: Classes at UC Davis were cancelled when students used Wildfire to spread a petition about the air quality during the wildfires in 2018.
How did this start?
The idea for Wildfire originated after one of the founders was nearly mugged outside a library on UC Berkeley’s campus in 2015. He made a Facebook post to warn students, which got hundreds of views, but quickly realized that Berkeley has thousands of students who either weren’t friends with him on social media or scrolling through their newsfeed at that moment.
We realized there's currently no effective way to spread or hear real-time information with your local community. Existing social networks are limited to your network of friends and family. We built Wildfire as a much more effective way to communicate with the people right around you in real-time.
Why is it called Wildfire?
Because everytime we send out a notification it spreads like…
Who built Wildfire?
We are a team of recent UC Berkeley grads based in California.
Where has Wildfire been featured?
How do I sign up?
Who can post on Wildfire?
Wildfire shows you posts and send you alerts based on your current location. Anyone in your community with the Wildfire app can post. We also have local newspapers, law officials, and college administrators using Wildfire to share information with their community.
How are official accounts verified?
Are you a journalist or law official interested in using Wildfire? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of your publication and city and we can look into verifying your Wildfire profile.
How do alerts work?
Wildfire alerts are the top 1-2 posts of the day trending on views, upvotes, distance away, and importance.
How does Wildfire verify or moderate content?
We empower users to moderate the community. From the app, you can report a post or comment if you believe it is inappropriate and does not belong on Wildfire. If a post or comment gets enough reports it will be removed. If a user has several posts reported, they will be marked as "under review" for our moderation team to investigate further.
We have a moderation team that works to verify content posted on Wildfire before it sent out as an alert. Our goal is to build safer, more informed communities focused on spreading useful, factual, and timely information. If we cannot confirm a post we follow current journalism practices, marking it as “unconfirmed” when we send it out as an alert.
What if I see a bad actor on Wildfire?
We have a zero tolerance for bullying, threats, and purposely posting false information. We take steps to keep our community safe and will ban bad actors. Email us at email@example.com if you see something that goes against our Community Guidelines.
Is Wildfire meant to replace 911?
No. Please keep in mind that Wildfire is not a replacement for calling 9–1–1. If you are in or witness an emergency situation, we ask you to call 9–1–1 first before posting to Wildfire.
How do I get Wildfire at my school or location?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the school and city. We are currently focused on launching Wildfire at colleges but plan on expanding to cities soon.