Wednesday, May 20, 2009

MMM Brains

Have you ever wondered how you would learn about the night of the living dead? You know those dreaded zombie invasions that we all fear and had built those bunker in our backyards for just such an occasion. Well if you live in Boston, MA your worries are over, just follow the Boston police's twitter feed and they will keep you informed about zombies every movement. I guess that I'm screwed, I doubt Atlanta or Dekalb County Police would keep me as informed as my family back in Boston.
But seriously I came across this article on The Consumerist, and thought that you may get a laugh out this.

Boston Police Department Via Twitter: We Will Let You Know When The Zombies Come
By Laura Northrup, 7:27 PM on Wed May 20 2009,

The first surprising part of this story is that the Boston Police Department has a Twitter feed. They use it to post breaking police-type information that's useful to the public, such as roads closed due to car accidents, crime data, big arrests, etc. Sometimes they also reply to reader questions. And that is how TruTV learned that the Boston police will not hide the zombie invasion from the public.

It all started last night with a mundane "injured officer" report:

INJURED OFFICER: Officer from district 4 transported to Beth Israel Hospital, human bite to arm, suspect in custody.

Twitter user willcady used the opportunity to ask the police a burning question:

@Boston_Police if that was a zombie bite, would you tell us?

The police, setting the gold standard for government transparency, answered him:

@willcady Yes, absolutely

Keep this exchange in mind the next time someone tries to convince you that Twitter is completely useless. Customer service via Twitter can not only help solve your problems, it can get crucial information out to the public.

Boston Cops: No Lie on Zombie Attacks [Dumb as a Blog] (I learned about this via Twitter, naturally)

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