April 15, 2009
Freeze @Criminal! This Is The @Police!
Back in November, 2007, I wrote a post about seeing Twitter featured on CSI. It was pretty interesting, because the detectives were scrolling through a victim’s tweets to try to find their assailant. I think that was the first mainstream media mention of our beloved little blue bird (do you know of one earlier?).
Twitter is becoming extremely popular with over 1,200% growth in the last year. When Twitter becomes a household form of communication, I wonder how long it will be before crimes are actually solved on it.
In the mean time, it’s interesting to watch police agencies use Twitter for their own purposes. In an article from the Associated Press, Be on the lookout for new police tool, aka Twitter, they write:
Since the fall, the FBI — “FBIPressOffice” on Twitter — has accumulated more than 2,000 followers, including people in at least 150 public safety agencies. Special Agent Jason Pack tweets about job fairs, computer worms, fugitives and missing children. During the presidential inauguration the FBI used the account to update information on checkpoints and subway stations that were closed in Washington.
The article adds:
Police are tweeting all over, from Canada to such U.S. cities as Boston, Baltimore, Richmond, Va., Boulder, Colo., Dalton, Ga., and Mount Pleasant, S.C. Fire departments do it in Napa, Calif., Charlotte, N.C., Trenton, Mo., Mesa, Ariz., and Oradell, N.J.
It concludes that police still don’t depend on Twitter as a serious crime fighting tool, but they are seeing good uses for it to enhance their communication and public relations initiatives.
I suppose it’s only a matter of time before actual crimes begin to get solved using Twitter. For now we can still use YouTube for that. <— you should read this.
Do you know of any Twitter crime fighting examples?
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