After my first Twitter post, I got a follow-up email from our geeky reader, Maile. (By the way, emails are nice, but blog comments feel like a warm hug on a cold day). Anyway, in her email Maile mentioned that she follows the LA Fire Department and several police departments on Twitter.
Wha?! I had no idea that fire or police departments even used Twitter!
I did a little research and it seems that the Scottsdale, AZ police were the first ones to jump on the Twitter bandwagon. The LA Fire Department has been using it as well; they used it to communicate updates during the October 2007 wildfires.
So there you go. You learn something new every day.
Unfortunately, Twitter doesn’t have a great user search utility so you’ll probably have to check your local police or fire department web site to see if they’re tweeting.