Literally last week I had a post on this blog about how the police are using social media to catch suspects. Last week the arrested suspect was aprehended in Mexico after bragging via facebook status updates. He was just asking to get caught… and well, he did.
According to an article I just read from the Star Ledger, a man from Middletown N.J was arrested after posting a youtube video. The content of this video? A 21-year-old man bragging about his sexual encounters with underage teenagers. Gary Wolchesky has since been charged with fourth degree child endangerment and authorities have said they found pictures of children under the age of 16. He is now being held on $100,000 bond and faces 18 months in jail.
I can’t reiterate this enough people. Do not post self incrimitating pictures and videos on the internet. You will be caught, and bragging about touching kids is really messed up. I hope he rots in jail for a while.
According to an article I read, facebook is now going to give its users the opportunity to download and enjoy music. They have partnered with LaLa, an online mp3 website for this new venture. The reason that they are doing this…competition from other web sites. Google has recently announced that they too will allow users to download music, and myspace has done this for years already. The competition between these goliath web sites is forcing them to be more creative and give users more options.
I may be a bit over the top with my music consumption but I think this is an absolutely great idea for facebook. Not only can you download the music you want to listen to for a reasonable price, you can send the music to your friends as a gift. I am actually very excited for this to come out and I can’t wait to use their music service.
According to police, A Camaroon man is now in police custody after stealing approximately $200,000 from American banks. He was living a life of luxury when he was finally picked up by authorities. How was he caught you ask? Was his cell phone triangulated and a swat team stormed his hotel room? No… He was updating his facebook about how fantastic his new life has been since fleeing to Mexico. Law enforcement are now using facebook to identify suspects and attempt to track them down.
Some of his facebook updates talked about how great of a life he was living in Mexico, and through these updates, the police were able to figure out where he was. He is now in a Mexican prison waiting to be extradited to America. If convicted he could face up to 30 years.
From the time we are very young we learn that anything and everything on the internet is public. There is a possibility that the police may find out what you are doing, and what you are saying. Keep this in mind the next time you show some incriminating photo’s and updating your facebook.
According to Matt Peckham another facebok blogger, a new version of facebook will begin to emerge starting towards the end of October. This new beta version of facebook will merge video games with social media. The new facebook will be available on X box 360 to further its reach of users.
This new version of XBox facebook will not have the full capabilities that the regular computer version does have but it still may prove to be successful. I can’t think of any way that this new facebook will be an improvement on the old; however, with new technology this is usually how people feel before it becomes mainstream. Perhaps this new facebook will be able to connect video game users? It seems like it may just be used to view status updates because of its limited capability. At the end of the day this is just a way that facebook is attempting to further its dominate reach over todays internet culture. I think in theory this is a good idea but it sounds like for the most part this new facebook via 360 will not be too successful.
According to the Anne Frank House in the Netherlands, a new online version of the Museum will soon be available via a youtube channel. This new youtube channel will show rarely seen video of Anne Frank before and after the war. Although alot of this media is available in the Netherlands, over here in America it may be difficult to get across the pond. The technology being implimented in this youtube channel may surpass the physicial museum’s capabilities. For example, this will include a 3-D video version of the house where Frank and her family hid.
I think this concept is somewhat of a double edged sword. I think it is a great idea beacuse it brings a ton of new information concerning the Holocaust and Frank’s story, to a group of people who may not be able to get to he museum. One the other hand, I feel like everyone knows just how anti-semetic people can really be, especially anonymously over the itnernet. I think if the comments can be monitored however, this will be a highlighy informative and postive idea.