07/29/11 111 W - + 5 - 7 Twitter as Police Scanner in Seattle

For your morning musings on social media, here's a New York Times story about a 12-hour experiment Tuesday in Seattle. The police department posted nearly all emergency calls on Twitter, save for domestic abuse and child abuse. The Twitter messages, which are 140 characters or fewer, totaled 478. That's an average of 40 per hour. There was no prior announcement on Twitter of what was planned, so Twitter feed subscribers had a range of reactions. Not surprising, a number of them were frustrated. Lesson #1: Let people know ahead of time, when you're preparing to drastically change the parameters of a social media channel. Read the story for more.

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