The Law Enforcement Social Media Blog

The authoritative resource for news and information about law enforcement social media. From Facebook and Twitter to YouTube and Nixle, we discuss social media and its use as the ultimate community policing tool.

Is Your Police Badge Cropped On Twitter? Fix Your Profile Picture

Is your police department's badge or patch logo in your Twitter profile picture looking bad? By bad, we mean it is cut-off on one of the sides or is zoomed too close. Maybe it looks blurry or grainy. The culprit is most likely due to uploading a non-square or poorly cropped photo. Twitter prefers a high quality image with a photo size of 400px by 4...
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What Are The Size Requirements For A Twitter Profile Picture?

The recommended size of the Twitter profile picture is 400px by 400px . Twitter requires the photo to be a JPEG, GIF, or PNG file format no bigger than 2 MB. However, I have loaded up other dimensions, such as 500px by 500px and 1000px by 1000px, with no problems. If you are having further problems, visit "Help with uploading a profile photo" on Tw...
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Twitter's 280 Characters & Emergency Management

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​ You can now tweet 280 characters rather than 140 on Twitter. Twitter claims they first tested this in September of this year, " so every person around the world could express themselves easily in a Tweet." Personally, I think Twitter is trying to stay in the game with the other social media platforms that are often adding new features monthly and...
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How To Launch Your Law Enforcement Twitter Hashtag

How To Launch Your Law Enforcement Twitter Hashtag
Hashtags are the holy grail of Twitter. Developed initially by Twitter users to filter conversations, they are now used strategically to build an online community and generate online PR. So how can law enforcement agencies use the hashtag to raise awareness and how do you get it to trend? Well, I hope to answer those questions in this blog post. Don’t forget to follow the #LESM hashtag for all thi...
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Twitter Lists

Twitter Lists
What Is A Twitter List?   Twitter lists is a feature that allows you to organize the people you’re following in groups and manage how you look at Tweets. This doesn’t just allow you to group people together, but it allows you to view their tweets. You can also include users you do not follow and you can subscribe to a list created by another user. A common misconception is that you can use li...
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A Book About Twitter For Law Enforcement

A Book About Twitter For Law Enforcement
In Episode 9 of the Law Enforcement Social Media Podcast, we interview the author of the book, "How To Use Twitter - A Guide For Law Enforcement." Chief Billy Grogan's book is set to be released on Amazon on July 20th, 2015. About The Book This book walks you through the basics of setting up a Twitter account, such as selecting a username or "handle," to creating your header photo. Chief Grogan of...
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