Hopefully our thoughts on Boston PD’s social media operation in the last week will be published soon, in the meantime here are some thoughts:
1.Boston PD Twitter jumped from around 40,000 followers to over 300,000. They were in the eye of the storm, but no one would follow them if they weren’t saying anything interesting.
2. They were right to use Twitter as a main means of communication, leaving Facebook mostly for posting pictures of suspects/license plates etc.
3. Oddly quiet during the hour or two of the standoff in Watertown. Yes, of course it was a high intensity but since every news camera was there, an update would be nice.
4. The Tweet asking people to stop tweeting from scanners was RT’d 20,000 times. Twenty thousand. Think what that means about how the public views the police and whether or not they can respect them.
Hopefully Eddie Davis and his folks are sound asleep or at least enjoying a well deserved lobster roll. We will all be rooting for the Red Sox today (Yes – ALL OF US!)