"Buying Jimmy Choos at Bergdorff's right now!" she tweets from her Blackberry. The words pop up on hundreds of computer screens around the world, but only one person smiles with sinister delight. This is his moment.
He already has his bag packed. Lock-picking set. Alarm code deactivator--$29.99 online. Snacks (he would keep up with her status via Twitter, but she could be gone an hour or all day--his girl is the unpredictable sort). Silk scarf.
He checks the Twitter page one more time, then gets out of his car. Fumbling with his keys, he nervously locks his car door. This is it, his mind screams. I almost have her!
He spins so fast his keys tumble to the pavement. Just a jogger. "Morning," he manages. He sounded almost normal. Did he appear normal? Fleece pullover, jeans, dark runners, faux glasses that everyone would remember. The jogger is already a block away.
His Blackberry buzzes in his pocket as he hurries toward her house.
She has tweeted again. "Best sale. Jealous people on the train! Heading home. Shopaholic movie awaits."
"Shit," he mumbles, and picks up the pace. Thirty minutes on the train, then maybe five in the car before she's home. He has to be ready. He has to be waiting with the scarf and ready to take her for his own! And he had wanted time to explore...Damn Twitter.
But without it he'd never know where she was at all times, so he could kill her.
This morning's story was inspired by an article my husband read to me from his Economist magazine. Entitled 'Follow me,' the gist is that people use sites like Twitter (but not just Twitter) to share their location with the world, and therefore put themselves at great risk. In fact, a big part of the article was a website called Pleaserobeme.com, which gathers Twitter feeds people put out there advertising they are away from home, publishes them on the site and sends them to the person in question.
Have you fallen prey to this trend? I have published on here when I was traveling but, though I haven't said it, there has always been someone still at home (my husband--we never get to travel together!). I don't carry any sort of device with me that allows me to tweet from stores or other places, so I can't tell you where I am throughout the day. I have thought about getting one, but maybe this new information is a reason not to do so--though I'd like to think I would be a bit smarter with it.
Though it is a scary idea that there are people out there trolling the social networking sites, I will admit, my first thought upon hearing this article was, Great fodder for a mystery story!
What do you think? We are obviously a group mired in the depths of social networking. Are you concerned about oversharing?