Twitter is a great way to meet people and share ideas about a whole range of things. The social network has proved to help in spreading views and information as well as providing a way to help people with problems no matter where they may be in the world. And there are now so many police officers and staff using Twitter there must be more that can be done to maximise the opportunity that it presents?
I think there is – part of the answer is in the creation of a Twitter chat. Twitter chats now take place across the network on a whole host of issues. It works very much like a web chat – with people getting together at a specified time to discuss the issues that matter. Many examples of successful Twitter chats are already evident. There is a Friday local government communication and social media chat that takes place and on Monday’s there is #Commschat that covers a whole range of public relations and communication issues.
So, how does this matter to those working in police forces?
The answer is #polchat. That is the creation of a weekly police communication related chat to take place on Thursday’s between 1pm and 2pm.
The plan is to pick a theme for the chat that will be highlighted a few days before through Twitter so people can get their thinking caps on and be ready to make their views known. Each week would cover elements of communication and engagement activity that are relevant to policing, so that hopefully it can be a way for people to share good ideas, talk about what works and also let people know things that haven’t worked.
On Thursday there will be a chat between 1pm and 2pm that will be managed by one of the Greater Manchester Police communication team. People will be able to contribute thoughts and ideas by tweeting using the hashtag #polchat. Anyone that doesn’t want to take part can just read through the tweets by checking the hashtag.
To help anyone who misses the chat we will provide a transcript of the tweets through a Twitter link.
The question is do the police officers and staff that are on Twitter want to use this as a way to develop making use of the new technology? All views on this will be welcomed and if initial responses are positive we will look to get things underway on Thursday 17th March.
Are you ready to connect, discuss and network?