Archive for April 16th, 2009

Twitter – A social network – can it help your safety?

What is Twitter?

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

Why? Because even basic updates are meaningful to family members, friends, or colleagues—especially when they’re timely.

  • Eating soup? Research shows that moms want to know.
  • Running late to a meeting? Your co–workers might find that useful.
  • Partying? Your friends may want to join you.
  • Fighting Crime?

With Twitter, you can stay hyper–connected to your friends and always know what they’re doing. Or, you can stop following them any time. You can even set quiet times on Twitter so you’re not interrupted.

Twitter puts you in control and becomes a modern antidote to information overload.

You can join and follow us here at Coptalk on twitter by going to:

www.twitter.com/coptalk

Stories of how Twitter and Craigslist (the popular online classifieds) help to solve or deter crime:

Reposted from: www.Techdirt.com

 

“With all the stories of police getting worried about new technologies, it’s always good to see cases where they seem to be using them appropriately. Rick recently wrote in to point out a story where police in Maine used Craigslist to track down a prostitution ring. Compare that to others who have been blaming Craigslist for prostitution. And, now we’re seeing stories about some police departments that are actively using Twitter either to send out emergency alerts to people, or to better connect with the community they’re supposed to be protecting. Of course, that story worries about "impostors," but there are ways to deal with that issue. For police looking to make use of the technology, it can be quite useful, and it’s great to see some actually realizing that and embracing the technology.”

Related Stories:

Craigslist used in prostitution sting

What’s the newest police tool? Try Twitter

Please remember Twitter like any other online service comes with its issues for safety and security – please follow good online password practices and also understand how to use it and who to follow or not follow before you dive right in……