Social Media Helps Police and Victims Identify Thefts

People may easily put themselves and their properties at risk if they release too much private information on social networking sties. Examples include identity theft and getting robbed by burglars. Would you believe me if I tell you that social media can also help people fight crime?

According to today’s ABC News video, social media indeed can do that. Some victims video-taped the crimes and posted the videos and/or pictures on Facebook. The result? The victims’ friends and/or people on the social networking sites help them identify the suspects.

I can see how social media may have negative or positive impacts on individuals and business. Social media, as an emerging tool for communications, is “innocent.” The key is whether we know how to leverage the power of social media and make good use of this tool for our advantages. What are your propositions? How was your experience with social media?

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Social Media: A Must-Have Tool for Businesses
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