The Bucket Brigade Keyboard is a special twitter keyboard app for Android smartphones designed to standardize the signaling of common phrases and twitter hashtags used by government agencies, emergency personal, and by communities affected by disasters.
It is clear that Twitter's micro-blog format is being adopted by the government and communities as the medium of choice during disasters. The key problem with using Twitter during disasters is the difficulty in communicating effectively with non-standard signals and incomplete or questionable credible information.
This mobile app seeks to solve that problem. This app is a standard Android QWERTY Soft Keyboard. Once installed this keyboard is made available for use with any Twitter Android app. The keyboard has a key identified with a red bucket, that when pressed gives users the bucket brigade keyboard.
Users can write their tweets using different natural language shortcuts that when pressed input standard signals adopted by researchers and first responders during disasters.
The signals were selected based on my own communication and collaboration research and the research from Project Epic and Tweak the Tweet http://epic.cs.colorado.edu/?page_id=11
In a disaster, communication and working together can save lives. Just as a fire bucket brigade fills and passes buckets of water to put out fires, this app allows people to fill and pass buckets of tweets in order to work together during a disaster.
I am working on international versions of this app.
If you are interested in helping me create a Bucket Brigade keyboard for your own language fill out the form http://schaeferinteractive.com/node/10>here.
I am only accepting serious requests from individuals willing to collaborate with me.
To enable the keyboard:
1. Settings > Language & keyboard
Select Bucket Brigade Keyboard
2. Open Twitter and Create a new message
Long Press the Input field
A dialog box will pop up.
Select Input Method
Select Bucket Brigade Keyboard.
Re: The Comment about the Trojan. This app is not a trojan and does not do any keystroke recording. Please read the description on the purpose of the app. My best guess is that the AV program is simply reporting a false positive.