May 28, 2009

FBI and Social Media

Image of FBI Most Wanted widgetThe FBI is turning to social media to add to their tip jar.
The FBI is looking for fans on Facebook and followers on Twitter to expand its ability to share information with millions of social media users.

The social media programs supplement other information technology tools the bureau has deployed in recent years to make it easier for people to submit tips and get news from the FBI, bureau officials said May 15. In addition to a Facebook page and tweets sent via Twitter, the bureau also has a YouTube page and is testing the usefulness of the virtual world Second Life.

Disseminating information on such sites about fugitives, missing children, threats and scams is an extension of the bureau’s longstanding effort to enlist support and help from the public.--Read more on Federal Computer Week
The Bureau has also developed a number of widgets, including a widget which features the FBI 10 Most Wanted Fugitive list.  The widgets, available on FBI.GOV, can be easily shared via email or Facebook and can be embedded in blogs and websites, moving traditional law enforcement information outside of the walls of a dot-gov website and making it available to where people--and possible informants--already are.

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