Twitter's often used for passive-aggressive means, but a British police department is taking on the government in a 24-hour long display of how overworked they really are, by tweeting every single call they receive. Six hours in, that's over 700 potential crimes.
The Greater Manchester Police started tweeting at 5am GMT today (4pm AEDST yesterday), using three Twitter accounts (due to anti-spamming restrictions set by Twitter). Some tweets show calls relating to domestic disputes, others involve abandoned cars and "suspicious males", and distressingly, there are a few silent calls to the emergency number, made from phones going off in people's pockets.
I just hope no one deluges the Greater Manchester Police force with phoney crimes to get some sick satisfaction at seeing them being tweeted. It's fun when there's a live-updating Twitter feed at conferences and everyone joins in on dissing the speakers or subject matter, but when taxpayers' money is on the line - and potentially people's lives - it's really not very funny at all. Hopefully, I haven't given anyone any ideas. [@gmp24_1 and @gmp24_2 and @gmp24_3 via Reuters]
Image via Greater Manchester Police