Twittering A Home Invasion

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This may be one of the most incredible stories of Twitter I’ve read.

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A San Francisco Technology writer named Dave Prager twittered a break in to his home. The results were interesting.

“Maybe I should lock my door – I swear a random dude just walked into my bathroom and I can’t believe I haven’t freaked out”

He continued to post updates as he wondered how to react.

“I can’t believe I’m tweeting about it while he is still in there.”

Mr Prager then took advice from online followers on what to do about the man in his bathroom, who he described as a combination of “hobo and drunk and sleepwalking dude.”

“Should I call the cops like you guys have recommended? Find a blunt object before opening the door? My gut tells me he’s harmless.”

As he debated his next step he was able to set up a live internet video stream so followers could watch as he entered the room to confront the intruder.

He sat up a video web stream as he went in to deal with his unwanted guest so his readers could see. Fortunately for Prager, it was a drunk dude who ultimately passed out, but the immediacy of how the events and feedback were on Twitter in real time is very telling that things are changing very rapidly.

H/T Ron Hogan

UPDATED: Some people are questioning if this was a publicity stunt by Prager. If it was, then that’s something to think about. What can’t be questioned is the immediacy of the story though.

Lots here.

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  1. leslie said March 12, 2009 | Permalink

    Talk about calm under pressure–I don’t think I would be able to type in the tweet while frantically wringing my hands!

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  1. ymiris (ymiris) on March 12, 2009

    RT @newscoma: Twittering a dude breaking into your home: http://tinyurl.com/dh5xno Amazing.

  2. Twittering a home invasion
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