NY Gangs Use Twitter To Plan Crimes While The NY Police Use Twitter To Arrest Gangs

Could those two things be related somehow? Indeed, the turf war between gangs in New York has spilled over into twitter, where they often use the service to trash talk rival gangs and plan attacks.

A basic search of the social-networking site for OYG or Jeff Mob, the gang based in the Jefferson Houses in East Harlem, yields shout-outs and throwdowns.

"I knoe bitches from oyg that would dead mob yah s—t in harlem," one girl wrote in a series of tweets aimed at drawing out a rival for a fight.

Investigators are monitoring the traffic in hopes of sweeping up gangbangers before the bloodshed - and searching Twitter after attacks for clues.

A 15-year old member of The New Dons claims that twitter is useful for coordinating violent activities, and that they often use new lingo that would be difficult for anyone but insiders to understand. Still, the NYPD has been successful in stopping attacks before they happen by keeping track of the online activities of gang members. Is it just me or has social networking become both the best and the worst thing to happen to law enforcement in a long time? [Daily News]