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Yes, the Metropolitan Police Department Twitter feed is useful for things like news and crime alerts. But it’s also an exemplary showcase of the possibilities of integrating social media with what appears to be old-school Microsoft Paint. The results can only be described as avant-garde.

Take this tweeted pictured from today, for instance, informing followers that three lanes are now open following an accident.


Things got complicated later in the day, but the tweeters were able to use three different colors and multidirectioned arrows to drive things home.

City Desk tried to find out who’s behind the Twitpic art, but a department spokeswoman said only that many people have access to the Twitter feed and she couldn’t confirm what software they were using to create the images.

She did, however, provide some helpful art criticism: “The arrows and signs are used as a visual reference.”