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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 thin...
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Mike Bires

Episode 9 - A Book About Twitter For Law Enforcement

Episode 9 - 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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Mike Bires

Supporting Domestic Violence Survivors - The #PutTheNailinIt Campaign

Supporting Domestic Violence Survivors - The #PutTheNailinIt Campaign
On Sunday, June 14th, a domestic violence support organization out of New York, Safe Horizon , launched the #PutTheNailinIt campaign. With the help of Arnold New York, a 30-second video was completed pro-bono for the campaign. The campaign encourages people to paint their ring finger's nail purple and if possible, donate to the Safe Horizon organization, to show support for putting an end to domes...
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Mike Bires

Thanks To Facebook, Another Child Returned Safely To Parents

Thanks To Facebook, Another Child Returned Safely To Parents
On April 19th, A 2-year-old child was found in an Aurora, Colorado restaurant, with the parents nowhere to be located. The Aurora Police Department posted on their Facebook and Twitter pages photos and information about the child, in an effort to get more information about her, and find her parents.  Thanks to the shares and re-tweets on social media, Aurora PD's efforts were successful. The ...
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Mike Bires

Video, Cops And Twitter - Let's Get It On!

Video, Cops And Twitter - Let's Get It On!
So when something new hits a social media platform, it's like Christmas. Some new feature or design seems to awaken the creative thoughts in my head. Last night, when I did my last check of social media for the day, I hit the Twitter app button to be surprised with a blue screen appearing on the phone. Unlike the "blue screen of death" this was "the blue screen of life!" The words on the screen to...
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