Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Cries for help on Facebook

As Facebook continues to grow there are more and more stories in the media about how its members are using it to communicate their feelings of desperation. Sadly, sometimes these messages are not heeded, and tragedy results.

But often the message is very clear and the alerted friends take immediate action to help the user. A good example is the case of a Swedish woman who was being held at knifepoint in her apartment. She managed to describe her dire situation on Facebook, and friends who saw the message called the cops. And while she did manage to escape her assailant on her own, he was ultimately arrested. This probably wouldn't have happened had she not managed to alert her friends online.

This story illustrates yet again the centrality of the site in the lives of so many people. But it also reveals just how adept they are at using computers. The woman in question must have been nimble-fingered indeed to type the status update with the man right there in the apartment!

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