Yesterday was Cops 2.0’s “blogiversary,” one year since I started blogging about law enforcement and social media. This is the only blog I have ever stuck with consistently for that long, and I’m proud of that. Thanks to all of you subscribers, occasional visitors, retweeters, and lurkers for sticking with me. I know these are tricky issues for you!
When I started, I had a vague idea in my head that I hoped to build a consultancy from it: that the more I learned about social media and how law enforcement agencies could apply it, the better position I’d be in to help them apply it.
What I’ve found is, however, you folks are doing a great job of “consulting” from the inside, all by yourselves. You’re taking what you read here and at ConnectedCOPS, at Police Blog 2.0 and the Crime Map and DailySplice.com, and putting it in front of chiefs and captains and public information officers.
Sometimes you were already on the ball, and what I wrote validated what you thought all along. Other times you weren’t sure what you wanted to do in this space, but then you read something I wrote and were able to get real ideas going.
I could not be more thrilled that I am helping you do that. Ideas like this best come from the inside. You know your chiefs and fellow cops and communities best; you know what they can and can’t handle, where they’re most likely to be and how they’ll get value from your social media use.
All “milestone” dates are a mix of looking back and looking forward. Seeing how far you’ve come, and where you want to go next. So let me ask you, readers:
What would you like to see from Cops 2.0 over the coming year?
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