Twitter is used in a bevy of great ways (journalists using it to engage readers and even to find story ideas, leads and contacts ), an assortment of interesting ways, a slew of unexpected ways (couple turns to twitter to help them adopt a baby), and every now and then a handful of down right lousy ways: teen fakes abduction on twitter.
16 year old Kara Alongi used twitter to FAKE her own kidnapping. She tweeted to her just under 110,000 followers, that “There is someone in my hour ecall (sic) 911″.
Their calling what she did, “Tweeting Wolf.” Implying a supposed break in and abduction, her followers began retweeting it and #helpfindkara became a trending topic. After numerous calls, police and K-9 unit began an investigation, and after 3 days Alongi was found by New Jersey State Police on a nearby turnpike with her packed bags. She’d simply run away. Needless to say her followers are pissed!! Kidnapping is not a laughing matter. #thatsnotokay #dontbefakeontwitter #rude
- Teenage Girl Disappears After Tweeting ‘There Is Someone In My House,’ Social Media Shitstorm Ensues [Kara Alongi] (gawker.com)