March 11, 2013 By Kristy Fifelski
My trending topics video starts off showing government with a sense of humor. The Seattle Police Department was mentioned on Twitter questioning if it was overkill to have a mounted patrol monitoring the Emerald City Comicon event on March 1.
Here's the exchange:
@drlari they're just just there to keep an eye on things. But you can just pretend they're centaur cosplayers, if you'd prefer.— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) March 1, 2013
This half officer, half horse vision tickled hundreds of Comicon-goers, known for gearing up in costumes to celebrate the convention.
Other hot topics covered in this video include the city of Palo Alto’s use of Salesforce’s Chatter as a social tool for staff, and Maryland.gov’s slick mobile menus. Finally, enjoy my simple water cup explanation of APIs as I cover the White House Open Data Day Hackathon.
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