Twitter has been connected with thousands of offences in Cambridgeshire – and the trend is on the increase.
The number of offences involving malicious or suspicious comments being posted on the micro-blogging website rose from 2,043 incidents in 2010 to 2,275 last year.
And domestic abuse is also being played out in the public sphere of Twitter.
There were more than 600 incidents of abusive comments between partners recorded by police on the website over the last two years.
But police said the site also played a vital role in investigations.
A spokesman said: “The force uses Twitter for a variety of reasons to prevent crime, target criminals and appeal for witnesses.
“It has proven particularly useful in targeting people who may not access traditional media. We can also use it as a monitoring tool in connection with ongoing investigations and operations.”
The spokesman added: “The force now has more than 6,000 followers for @Cambscops on Twitter and has recently launched a Cambridgeshire police Facebook page.”
The Cambridgeshire force has already used Twitter in a murder investigation into the murder of Chittering pensioner Llywelyn Thomas.
A team of officers is looking at social networking websites as part of the investigation in case the killer slips up and reveals their identity or clues on Facebook and Twitter.
The 76-year-old’s body was found in a converted chapel in Ely Road on December 18.
Police believe a botched burglary may have gone tragically wrong.
No-one has been charged with his murder and detectives are still appealing for information.
Release of the figures for Twitter offences coincided with the sentencing of student Liam Stacey, 21, for mocking Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba on Twitter after he collapsed during a match.