Visualization of Twitter chatter about the Olympics as compared to the NASA Mars landing. It’s great to see so many people excited about science! Created using TopicWatch.
Did you know that, when challenged, social media as evidence for search warrants holds up in court 87 percent of the time?
Social media has rapidly changed the world, and law enforcement is no exception to its charms. Authorities use platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to identify associates with persons of interest, track the location of criminal activity, gather photos or statements to corroborate evidence, solicit tips on crimes and better understand criminal networks.
It’s very much a work in progress, as 80 percent of law enforcement professionals are self-taught when it comes to using social media for investigations. Still, two thirds believe these tools help them solve crimes more quickly.
This infographic from PoliceOne.com takes a closer look at social media use by law enforcement.
The Future of Search: Context Clicks?
As search and social media continue to evolve (and merge), Twitter takes a leap in front of Facebook (and Bing) and Google (and G+) - all indirect competitors. Above is a side-by-side comparison of a search for “Facebook”. The Twitter folks know what Google’s engineers may not yet realize. If you are searching “Facebook” on Google, you want information, news, and perspective. Not necessarily a link to Facebook.com - you have an app for that. This thanks to mobile operating systems moving to Macbooks and PC’s. Score one for the Apple + Twitter collaboration. You want “context”, a concept that Robert Scoble is currently writing about.