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Facebook newsfeed read: added new photos, (mobile upload) tagged: “Got a cute ‘Hostage’ huh.”

If you were friends of Jason Valdez, you may have seen such a status update yesterday. During a 16 hour hostage stand off, Valdez, wanted on charges of drug possession; real time updated his social network. As SWAT units surrounded the Salt Lake Utah motel where he held a woman captive, inside he made online posting such as:

“I’m currently in a standoff … kinda ugly, but ready for whatever.”

“I love u guyz and if I don’t make it out of here alive that I’m in a better place and u were all great friends.”

A friend even commented back the whereabouts of a SWAT officer outside.

Thank you homie,” Valdez replied. “Good looking out.”

Before being appended Valdez made six posts and added at least a dozen new friends.



About maggie.

Maggie Barnes is a nonprofit and for profit business content specialist / social media consultant; and social sciences web writer interested in everything from psychology and sexuality, to technology, race, and economics. She is passionate about good communication and information accessibility.


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