It was quite amusing (well, not for the person concerned) to hear that someone had been the victim of a prank on Craigslist where somone put up an ad in Craigslist saying he was leaving town and all his possessions were up for grabs. The poor victim got home to find 30 people ransacking his house and most of his possessions (including a horse) missing. The cops were duly called in and everyone chased off, but it was way too late by then.
If you’ve never been to Craiglist, it’s a notice-board type website letting anyone place free classified adverts selling anything from vintage Coke bottles to Precor elliptical. It’s hugely successful in the US and includes categories including jobs, internships, housing, personals, for sale/barter/wanted, services, community, gigs, resume, and pets categories
Techcrunch has an interesting take how technology is simply a mirror for society and Craigslist isn’t really to blame, but I’m sure that excuse won’t help the victim much. Technology just makes it easier for us to communicate and can easily be used to ampify what people really want to do. There’s no doubt that this time it was a prank taken too far.