Is Facebook Main Stream yet?
When I am asked to speak on Social Media, such as my talk “The Big 5 of Social Media” and talk about how main stream Facebook has become. I tell business leaders that if they do not have a Fan Page on Facebook, it’s like not having a free one page add in the Yellow Pages of the past.
Now, the Cameron County District Attorney in Brownsville, Texas is using Facebook to help pick jury members. This is confirmation of how Facebook has become a common communication tool. So, if your not on Facebook, you are missing out on a current and effective communication method.
Please see the following article for the rest of the story on the Cameron County District Attorney use of Facebook and let me know what you think.
Texas County to Use Facebook to Help Pick Jurors
Published : Monday, 17 Jan 2011, 5:54 PM CST
HOUSTON – Most people use social media for just that — the social part. But websites like Facebook gather personal information that is very attractive to many. Now, the Cameron County District Attorney in the Brownsville area will use Facebook to help pick a jury.
Because attorneys for sides in a trial can strike jurors, every bit of data helps the decision making process. So when you think of Facebook as a massive source of personal information… you start to get an idea of its value.
Defense attorney and FOX 26 legal analyst Chris Tritico has been using social media for years, “Facebook and MySpace… any of these pages, we’ll look at it as an investigative tool to get background on witnesses and other people.”
We had Tritico look at the pages of random people on Facebook. Many had their pages open for everyone to see. It didn’t take Tritico long to start forming an opinion, “The most important thing to me on this page is religious views… outgrew fairy tales decades ago.” I asked him, “What does that tell you though?” Tritico replied “That tells me a whole lot about this individual in his views and it says he’s a party member of the Socialist party that tells me that he’s really if you’re looking from just a conservative liberal point, I’m going to put this guy more… in a criminal defense case… on the defensive side of issues.”
Tritico will also browse photos that can indicate if the person has a family, travels a lot or attends a lot of parties. Even favorite music and movies can help fill in the blanks, “I’d want to know what caused him to list these on his page. That just tells you something about his insight. Once you get him talking about how he feels about things you move that into the legal field.”
I asked the veteran attorney if he could seat a jury just by using Facebook and he did not hesitate, “Absolutely. I can get enough information off Facebook pages to ask the questions I need to ask of each individual juror… to find the information I need. I’ve already gotten in my head what I want to ask. Facebook just gives me some background questions that allows me to open them up and talk to me some more to find out more about them.”
With over 500 million users worldwide, Facebook has a lot of information on hand. As an added bonus, for those who want that information — it’s free.
Original Story: http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/news/scitech/110117-texas-county-to-use-facebook-to-help-pick-jury