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To post or not to post when you're on the run

April 9, 2012 - Steve Murch
So when is social networking not social networking? That might sound a bit like a trick question because just by using a social networking website implies you are social networking, right?

Well a Washington man is on the lam and still finding time to post to Facebook.

The Associated Press is reporting that Travis A. Nicolaysen is running from police but still has had time to post to Facebook. The 26-year-old avoided police on Wednesday when police were trying to find him after he allegedly failed to check in with his parole officer. A friend of his posted that the police were after him, and the next day, after he gave them the slip, Nicolaysen posted that he got away and thanked his “bro.”

According to the Peninsula Daily News, he hasn't checked in with his parole officer since January. He has been convicted of five felonies, including domestic violence, and is accused of assaulting his girlfriend a couple of weeks ago.

He posted on Saturday that he is now single.

So again, when is social networking not social networking? Was this guy really keeping friends posted or just trying to rub it in to law enforcement that they haven't caught him?

And I'll ask this one, how about the buddy who posted that the police were after him? Is he complicit in any way for giving Nicolaysen a heads up?

Either way, this guy apparently thought it was important that he post about escaping the law. Chances are he'll get sloppy at some point and get caught. But hey, he is single now and the world of Facebook knows it.


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