Wednesday, September 3, 2008

US Police Serve By Twittering

It amazes me how a seemingly simple tool like Twitter can be utilised in so many different, interesting and useful ways.

It seems the Arizona Police force in the town of Scottsdale are pioneering the use of the micro-blogging service to better serve the public. They are currently using Twitter to send out alerts on pertinent town information such as road closings, traffic problems, power outages and severe weather warnings.

PSFK says: "Although Twitter’s track record of periodically not working isn’t a good fit for disseminating critical information, more communities looking to get the word out may see Twitter as an easy to use broadcast system."

Perhaps if we applied our minds to some of the challenges we face in this country daily - ranging from traffic congestions to resource management - we can also pioneer creative ways to solve problems.