Highway patrol troopers use of Twitter expands

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas Highway Patrol troopers say they are pleased how a new emphasis on using Twitter is helping communicate during storms or traffic problems.

The patrol formed a group called the Tweeting Troopers earlier this year as a way to quickly spread information to a large audience.

Trooper Gary Warner, who admits he was not a Twitter user before the group was formed, says he's been amazed at how popular the tweets have become.

He told The Hutchinson News it's not uncommon to have 50,000 to 70,000 views of a tweet, which is often retweeted by others and media. Warner says he's attracted 2,000 followers in four months, and he's excited to discover new uses for the social media tool.


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