Posted September 18, 2009 7:59 am by with 7 comments

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BurglarIn the recent past we talked about how job seekers often do themselves more harm than good in the realm of social media. The responses we got mostly spoke of the younger crowd not being fully aware of what kind of digital fingerprints they were leaving all over the Internet. As a subject for another post maybe at another venue I think that we shouldn’t restrict that accusation to the Millennial’s alone based on some of ridiculous stuff I see some of my peers put in their social media musings.

Anyway, this particular gaffe may make the Top Ten List of how not to use social media. As reported by The Journal of Martinsburg, WV

Jonathan G. Parker, 19, of Fort Loudoun, Pa., was arraigned Tuesday one count of felony daytime burglary.

Now, in most instances this news would be a non-story. Another burglary during rough economic times. Big deal. This one though may become a case study for the power of social media in all aspects of life and on both sides of the law.

it gets better though. You see, ol’ Jonathan must have gotten a little bored when he was ransacking a house for any trinkets or baubles he could find. In fact, he may have been giddy to share with his Facebook friends that he just “found” two rings worth about $3,500. Whatever his reasons, he took time out from his criminal activities to log into his Facebook page on the victim’s computer then, you guessed it, didn’t log out.

You can figure out the rest. Police look into burglary. Find Facebook page. Track down a stunned burglar who wonders how the perfect crime didn’t quite work out like planned. Burglar wonders if there is Internet access in jail.

So now you have to wonder if Facebook will jump on this golden opportunity to become the social media outlet of choice for people who don’t have a clue about much of anything. Oh wait, I think they may have already cornered that market.

So remember Pilgrims, while the lure of Facebook and Twitter may be strong be sure you separate your criminal activities from your social ones. There are some people actually paying attention.