Have you heard of the term flash mobs, coined not too long ago in the US, to represent groups of people gathered at any public place to perform acts of entertainment? Well, such displays are becoming more and more commonplace with each passing day. Not that it would be too much of a problem if those gatherings were peaceful, but in some cases, the participants do get violent.
In August 2011, participants of a flash mob in Philadelphia were accused of beating up pedestrians and robbing them, forcing cops to deal with them. However, that was just a single situation. How can the police possibly keep up with the dozens of flash mobs that can be organized quickly and silently, using e-mail and social media websites? The answer is, well, using social media, of course. Simply by observing tweets and churning through Facebook updates posted by citizens of a particular region, police can accurately predict when a mob might gather. After that, all the cops have to do is to show up and make sure the participants do not violate laws and regulations applicable in the state.
Social media has been helping law enforcement officials perform their duties efficiently for quite some time now. In the coming days, the usefulness of this medium can only be expected to increase even further.