Social Media and Riots

social-media-and-riotsFurther to this post on Social Media and Civil Unrest in London I was reminded of my own small exposure to young people and mobile phones when, unknown to us, one of my children had a ‘surprise’ party when left home alone.

The planned small gathering turned into a mob of 50 people outside our house when the address of the party appeared on My Space. After being prevented from entering the party, the young people then attempted to access the house illegally via any means possible – through the open windows or by scaling the side gate.

Our neighbours called the police who managed to shepherd those outside to the local station whilst those inside the house decided to leave of their own accord.

In their wake, they left a trail of devastation – mud everywhere, cigarette burns in baths and furniture, an attempt to set fire to some posters, the theft of any edible goods or alcohol upon which they could lay their hands and the distribution of a large quantity of noodles which we were still discovering behind furniture and on the ceiling some weeks after.

However, we know that we were extremely lucky to escape so lightly – we were the first of four houses in the Southend area upon which they descended that Saturday evening and, as they got progressively more drunk, they got exponentially more destructive. The events of that evening actually made the front page of the Echo.

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Essex Police on Twitter

essex-police-on-twiiterAfter all the unrest over the last few days, I just wanted to say thank you to Essex Police for their presence on Twitter last night.

Whilst rumours were rife about riots and fires in Southend and Basildon, their reassuring tweets keeping us up to date with what was actually happening helped to maintain calm.

Several of us were retweeting those messages in an attempt to spread the message throughout the area in response to many other updates on both Twitter and Facebook, which resulted in a large group of youths collecting in Basildon because it was ‘all kicking off’.

Via Twitter, Essex Police also announced that three people from Grays, Clacton and South Ockendon have been arrested on suspicion of attempting to incite violence using Facebook and Twitter.

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Essex Security Company Offers Social Media Profile Sitting

After several of its customers were robbed with the help of Facebook, Essex-based security firm, Precreate Solutions are offering a new service to ‘house-sit’ Facebook and Twitter pages.

The final straw came after the theft of £300,000 of art from one household following a status update from a child advertised that the house was empty. Continue reading Essex Security Company Offers Social Media Profile Sitting

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How To Engage On Facebook

The problem with Facebook is that it effectively censors some of your and your friends’ status updates.

For some reason, it will show you hours old updates from some people and ignore brand new content from others.

Here’s a great article that gives some tips on how to get your message to the top of the pile but also how to make friends and relationships on Facebook.

How Fans Behave and How You Should Respond

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