Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Essex Police Twitter Accounts Mapped

This post was first made on my mike downes media website as it has a wider page width and maps will look better, it reads:

This interactive map has been produced from the public twitter list at Essex Police UK - Officers who tweet (time of writing 102 members, I've added the main force account too).

All pushpin locations are approximate based on what we can see in each twitter bio. The purpose of the map is to give a rough idea where the officers are located.

For example, there are 21 accounts labeled at Essex Police HQ, where in practice an account maybe tweeting about the whole county or a set of areas.

This map can be viewed on desktop, tablet or mobile (get the app, Android)

Method From the twitter list, create a spread sheet (in this case: name, location), create a new map, Import datasheet, adjust pushpins. Add another layer for the outline of Essex, adjust. And that's it.

There are no geographical locations to digital, so an officer tweeting about an issue in Loughton maybe just as appropriate in Clacton.

With twitter as the new telephone, and with a simple smart phone's power more than what sent a rocket to the moon - this post will start to exploit what can be done with technology.

This map is a beta demo and one step of many. Over the next few weeks, I will be working at how the police and the public can work together to make a modern day Public Community Safety Digital System that works. For me, that means using free software (google have only 100 free tools) and sharing ideas with open minded and innovative people.

  Essex Police officer tweets (not main force account).


Saturday, 17 October 2015

PC Alan Conran Essex Police UK Twitter Album @PCAlanConran

If you click this image, it will open a lightbox album
or if on mobile/tablet click here for photos app
This is a theory post. It will show how making a public google photo album will make thirty eight images and two videos show up in a Google Search.

Of course they are not the same image URLs on twitter - they are a copy stored on Google.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Why do people use Audacity? And thanks to those 50,000 views..

From the three Audacity Help Videos I've made, they've just passed 50,000 YouTube views.

All three were called How to Clean Audacity, and took me just minutes to make. I've lost count of all the people who've said Thank You.

The one genuine question I have: What do people need clean audio for?

Saturday, 19 September 2015

How to Live Steam Mobile Games to YouTube

slide shows OBS overlayed on live stream -
this is a collage, not a real feed
It's SO EASY to Live Stream Android or iOS Mobile Games to YouTube.

Of course there's a suggestion Gaming YouTube will make that easier. It's expected an App update will be available soon (the verge, 16 sep 15).

Thursday, 10 September 2015

How to make One Live Streaming YouTube Page complete with Twitter feed and Never Change It

This works brilliantly and is SO easy to do.

You'll need just two things:

1, A live streaming account

2, A twitter account. That's it.

With HALF of youtube views on Mobile why waste bandwidth go 240p

With HALF of youtube views on Mobile Devices, why waste bandwidth on a 720p HD Live Stream when the job can be done with 424 x 240p with NO loss in message? That's what this test is all about. Single user video, one image (top left) and a few text labels - message delivered every time..  

If you are broadcast a SINGLE video user - I would NOT use Hangouts at all - Use Go Live at: live_dashboard and OBS

Live Streaming multi video users and shared screens

This video shows how easy it is to stream multiple video users to YouTube using OBS and shared screens. 

OBS will allow capture of any video call source (like appear.in, zoom.us etc), we can then setup a Scene (like a few google slide show or a Doc) and Go Live.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

UK Police on Twitter up 69% What will come next - Live Social Video?

data set
UK Police official accounts have been on Twitter since 2009/10 (with West Midlands signing up 15 Dec 2008).

This post looks at twitter followers from Aug 2013 to Aug 2015 and how there's been a 69% follower increase in the past year.

So what happens next? Are the Police and the Public content with text, images and links or could there be more?

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