Sunday, August 16, 2009
Twitter, IM's and texts are tools for neighborhood watch groups
Blogs and especially Tweets are becoming important tools for neighborhood watch groups, according an AP story by Meghan Barr, printed on p 13 of the Sunday Aug. 16 DC Examiner.
The lists have to be kept private, however; otherwise they might cause homeowners to become targets.
Tweets have described atypical behavior for a neighborhood, and some people are likely to say that the tweets would tend to be motivated by stereotypes or profiles. But Tweets could provide some corroborative evidence for law enforcement, and one wonders if they could be admissible in court.
The MSNBC link for its copy of the story is here.