Crystal Yamnitzky and her boyfriend Robert Driscoll stole a $12,000 ring. Shortly after, Yamnitzky posted pictures of it on Facebook with the caption, “Look what Robby gave me. I love him so much.”
They were both arrested shortly after.
University of Georgia sophomore Nitesh Bhakta used Facebook to help foil an armed robbery in progress at his family’s home. The 20-year-old was in his room on his laptop when he heard his grandmother scream.
"As soon as I opened my door, I saw three hooded guys like all masked in black at the front door," Bhakta said. "I shut my door, locked it, grabbed my laptop, went into the attic and hid."
"I don’t think [Facebook] is really meant as a lifesaving tool, but it’s the only way I could think of contacting someone immediately to call for help," he said.
So, as the intruders rifled through the home, Bhakta updated his Facebook status: “HELP, ROBBERS, NO PHONE.” In all caps, naturally.
"A lot of people thought it was a joke," he said.
Fortunately his best friend, John Salter, took him seriously, notifying Bartow County sheriff’s deputies as Bhatka hid in the dark.
In April, after the Royal Wedding, the Pippa Middleton’s A*s Appreciation Society was started. It now has over 240,000 fans.
In May, a study came out that said young people would rather lose their sense of smell instead of their social networks.
A McCann survey of 6,000 people aged 16 to 30 found that 53 percent of respondents would rather forfeit the ability to smell than lose access to social networking websites.
In February, an Egyptian man named his daughter Facebook.
In May, Lady Gaga used Farmville to premiere new music.
In December, a cab driver got revenge on a passenger who didn’t pay and left his phone by updating his Facebook status.
Jason Valdez held a woman hostage for 16 hours in a hotel room in Utah and basically live-blogged the entire thing on Facebook. Read all of the status updates
Nikki Rasmussen was arrested for lighting her friend’s house on fire because her friend defriended her on Facebook.
A police report says that when an officer asked Nikki Rasmussen about Jen Harris, Rasmussen said “… the two are no longer friends due to a dispute over Facebook. According to Nikki, Jen is angry with her because she ended their friendship on Facebook.”
In November, a burglar signed into Facebook from a computer inside a home he broke into before sprinting from the scene. Unfortunately, he forgot to logout before he left.