Social Media to the Rescue! So long @WhiteyBulger.

Posted on June 23, 2011


James “Whitey’’ Bulger in Boston in 1994, the year before he fled. (John Tlumacki/ Boston Globe Staff)

Having lived in Boston (& currently living in Somerville) and having family that has long been from the area, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to mention that emerging media helped to bring down James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger. He was the notorious leader of the Winter Hill Gang (a group of criminals located in Somerville).

Whitey has been on the run for 16 years. To give you a time reference there was no social media back then so he organized his criminals without a Facebook group event page.

On Monday the FBI launched a full media blitz that included posting pictures to their Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts. Yes, the FBI has those accounts, they joined in 2009! While the nail on the coffin for Whitey was a television ad about his partner/girlfriend Catherine Greig that led to his arrest, I thought it was refreshing to see that the good old government is integrating social media into their efforts. With so many people utilizing social networks, it only makes sense. I hope to see more campaigns from the FBI to seek out those who made the FBI Most Wanted List . If not, I might start my own social media blitz to find these criminals. I certainly could use the reward money. So, if you take a look at the FBI list from my blog and notice that one of those guys is your neighbor, be sure to mention that you saw it here first!

Posted in: Emerging Media