My father always told me, "Be sure that your sins will find you out". A saying passed on to him by my grandmother, it urges the recipient to consider a sinful action carefully before it is taken. Enter the new communities of the web 2.0 and in particular facebook....
Today I found what seemed to be a fairly standard piece of information in my facebook profile newsfeed, a photo album in which one of my good mates had been tagged. So with far to much real work to do and no time to be on facebook, I naturally decide to follow the link.
What I find as the page refreshes is not a picture of my friend, but a desperate cry for help from a poor girl who has been the victim of what seems to be a nasty piece of inter-flatmate theft. This girl is owed money, and she wants it back!
What has happened here is a very smart use of the facebook photo tagging feature. By tagging nearly all of her friends in a photo of the accused, Emma has effectively opened up her plea for help to all the friends of her friends. Auckland is not that large of a place and I expect that she may have luck in successfully locating the thief.