Twitter helps free kidnapped South African from trunk of his car →∞ Sat, 14 Apr 2012 · Comments
As reported by Ars Technica:
A South African man, whose name has not been published, was carjacked, robbed, and stuffed into the trunk of his car near Johannesburg on Sunday. The robbers, however, had overlooked his mobile phone, which he used to text his girlfriend, Lynn Peters. From there, Twitter took over.
Pretty incredible and definitely worth a read. Although this situation seems unique to South Africa, and, as one commenter noted:
At 10,000 incidents a year, there would have been, on average, 26 other kidnappings that day that didn’t receive this kind of attention. The internet is a fickle master.