Why I Tweet

How do we overcome Twitter abuse?

The story of how hundreds of men mounted a sustained online attack on Caroline Criado-Perez, threatening her with rape and violent assault in reaction to her successful campaign to get the face of Jane Austen on British £10 bank notes has caused public outrage. Perhaps the most shocking aspect of the story is how commonplace this sort of vile attack is. Most women Tweeters with any sort of public profile have experienced unprovoked online assaults. The vast majority of us want to see a fast, reliable way of the perpetrators of this sort of abuse facing the consequences of their actions.But how?

But none of us has yet come up with an effective response.

Ian Hitchings tweets to sound off about crime and punishment issues

I am a man of my own time, old fashioned and set in my ways. I just couldn’t get to “grips” with Twitter for quite a while. Not being technically minded Twitter wasn’t something I knew anything about. At first, to be perfectly honest, I took a sceptical view and thought this was yet another social media site without any real significance so I didn’t see what the point was of Twitter. During an exchange of some friendly banter with my son and after he had eloquently explained in glowing detail the pros and cons of twitter. He suggested that I should seriously consider giving it a go. Now, I am converted hook, line and sinker.

Why does a law enforcement princess tweet?

Twitter is like a multi-threaded, multi-coloured tapestry, with a million extra threads being weaved every second. Sometimes the only way to view it, the only way to keep up, is pick the threads you like the colour of and follow those.
I didn’t know what I wanted nor what I would get when i joined Twitter. I had heard it mentioned, promoted, and it struck me – living alone in a new city with few local friends – as an interesting thing to sign up to. I believe I naively thought I would make a few friends and possibly find some new hobbies. How very wrong I was.

Police historian Brian Williams @BriW74: “Why I tweet”

I have learned and gained information faster than I can imagine being able to do anywhere else, I have challenged peoples’ perceptions on policing issues and had my own challenged. This is important. Twitter loses it power if it acts merely an echo chamber for your own views. I have got far more out of tweeting than I ever thought I would. I have made and continue to make excellent contacts, particularly in the police tweeter world, many of whom I would not have managed to reach if not for twitter. I have made friendships with people that simply would not have happened without Twitter. One of these friends described me as “An historian masquerading as a police officer” I like that description!

Police, Twitter and major incidents

Any major incident provokes a firestorm of reaction on Twitter and other social media outlets. In the wake of events such as the terrorist killing of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich what should the police be doing online. Amongst the general noise and bot-generated confusion, there are opportunities to keep the public reliably informed and gather some key intelligence.

Police Inspector @SimonJGuilfoyle says Twitter proves men can multi-task

Police Inspector @SimonJGuilfoyle says Twitter proves men can multi-task. One thing I particularly like about twitter is that it affords the previously unheard of opportunity to interact with people at all levels in police forces, as well as those from totally different backgrounds, locations and viewpoints. I’ve had some great debates with a range of extremely interesting people, without the formalities inherent in hierarchies or social constructs.

Politician and activist @dorsetrachel loves the serendipity of Twitter

00000Rachel Rogers was a deputy governor in the prison service and the Labour PCC candidate for Dorset. She is a qualified teacher who now works in the field of children’s rights, as well as being a Weymouth and Portland Borough Councillor. She is also an active blogger.   Tweets by @DorsetRachel   Getting started  It’s all the fault of @dbremz, my young and SM-savvy sidekick, who told me “You need a website and you need …

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Police communications expert @amandacomms: Why I Tweet

00000Amanda Coleman is head of communications for Greater Manchester police and hosts her own blog on comms issues.   Tweets by @amandacomms Getting started Back in 2010 I didn’t have email access at home and my mobile was an old Nokia just used for answering and making phone calls. I had heard about Twitter but didn’t really understand why I would want to connect with people I don’t know to talk about things that were …

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Two ways that Twitter can, literally, save lives

Two ways that Twitter can, literally, save lives. The Natalia Project from @crdefenders provides human rights’ workers with an alarm bracelet that communicates their exact location in times of danger via social media. Volunteers sign up to follow the workers on Twitter and can instantly raise the alarm and bring public pressure to bear.

Anonymous Police Tweeter and Blogger @NathanConstable wants to go public

00000Nathan Constable is an anonymous police Tweeter and blogger Tweets by @NathanConstable Finding my voice on Twitter I can’t remember the exact moment I decided that I was going to use Twitter. I had always been a fan of Facebook – at least I knew the people I was talking to there. Facebook has now become a wallpaper of pictures of cats, appeals to join some cause or other and an endless stream of stupid …

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Mark George QC uses twitter to sound off about the things that matter to him

00000Mark George is a Queen’s Counsel at Garden Court North Chambers, and specialises in civil liberties and human rights.   Tweets by @Mark_George_QC Getting Twitter I didn’t really “get” Twitter for a while.  I had been commenting on legal issues and important legal decisions for a number of years and didn’t see what the point was of Twitter. The marketing manager in my chambers suggested I gave it a go. Now I am converted. I …

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Who should you follow on Twitter?

When should you follow someone on Twitter? When most of us start tweeting, we follow anyone and everyone. Anyone that crops up in our friends’ timeline and definitely anyone who follows us. After a while, though, it pays to start becoming a bit more discerning. There’s only so many people you can realistically follow. At least if you want to actually read what they Tweet. Some of my best virtual friends don’t follow me because I tweet too much for their taste.

Blogger Ollie Evans, @dietjustice, on how Twitter has grown up

00000Ollie Evans, @dietjustice, is the founder of Diet Justice, a popular online community originally launched as a blog for law students. It has since grown into a justice blog writing on a diverse range of topics with content  written by a mixture of guest bloggers and Ollie himself.   Tweets by @dietjustice Why i tweet When thinking about this blog post i had the pleasure of taking a trip down memory lane. I have carefully documented my …

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