Finding family and Facebook freedom

Published December 10, 2009

I saw this story ages ago, was going to blog about it but promptly forgot.

A father looking for his long lost daughter bought a domain of her name and set up a simple message saying: When you read this, please send me an email.

Of course, nothing happened for a long time, but eventually the girl in question, April Becker, googled herself and found the site. She emailed the address and after some verification on both sides, father and daughter were reunited. At the time, she wrote on her Facebook page:

…you think I could have Googled that 7 years ago and saved myself the yearly torment. But, it all happens when it happens for a reason. I’m still in shock.

What is the moral of this story? It is okay to google yourself.

Another news item that popped up a while back was the story of a guy arrested but then let off because his Facebook status update was his alibi.

I do not understand this because a teacher of law quite rightly says in the midst of that article:

With a username and password, anyone can input data in a Facebook page.

What is the moral of this story? I’m not sure actually… maybe that people trust Facebook too much?

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