Thief Brags About Stealing Laptop on Victim’s Facebook Account

File this under “Ouch!” Via Mashable this morning,

…a burglar who stole a laptop and other properties from a woman’s house later logged into the victim’s Facebook account and bragged about the deed, complaining that the TV in the victim’s house wasn’t good enough to steal.

The property was stolen from Victoria Richardson, 42, who lives in Hove, UK. The burglar stole an iPhone, a Nintendo DS, a handbag, some cash and credit cards and a black Toshiba laptop. As if that wasn’t enough, Victoria later logged into her Facebook (Facebook) account, discovering that the thief had left several messages on her account. They read:

“on my new laptop”

“Listening to music on my new phone feels so good.”

“I have the laptop , phones ok but a bit scratched itll do, tv was rubbish so I left it, ds was a bonus, now to the porn shop, thankyou toshiba is my favourite make”.

“regards your night time burglar”.

This incident proves that an invasion of your online space can be just as traumatic as the invasion of your physical space. As Ms Richardson put it: “I felt very spooked. I have never felt like that before. It felt like they were rubbing my nose in it.” However, these despicable Facebook messages also prove that the thief is quite stupid. Leaving traces of his/her activity on a social networking site can only help the police trace them and bring them to justice.

(Source: Stan Schroeder, Mashable)

LezBros to Premiere on Logo Channel, August 29

Move over fag-hags, LezBros is a film by and about dykes and their guy friends. After melting hearts and making people dance in their seats in film festivals around the world from San Francisco to Zurich to Sao Paolo and beyond, LezBros is ready to take the universe by storm.

The short flick by the talented — and outrageous —Brynn Gelbard and her merry band of alternative friends will premiere on the Logo channel’s “Real Momentum Shorts” on August 29 at 8 pm (EST). Gelbard is also the force behind Jew Lo, a short silly send-up that asks the question, what if superstraight superstar J Lo from the South Bronx was actually a Jewish lesbian from Long Island? Jew Lo premiered at the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco earlier this year.

Amos Lim of Out4Immigration Named Energy 92.7FM and AT&T Community Hero

Congratulations to Out4Immigration founding board member Amos Lim! Amos has been named this week’s Community Hero by Energy 92.7FM and AT&T in San Francisco for his work as a leading activist for equal immigration rights in the US with Out4Immigration. For many years now, Amos, who came to America on a student visa and his American partner, Mickey, have been blazing trails for the rights of same-sex binational couples first with a bill in Congress called the Permanent Partner Immigration Act (PPIA), which later became the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA; S.424; H.R. 1024).

In 2006 the couple, along with a handful of others, founded Out4Immigration to further the cause. In this capacity Amos, now a permanent resident of the US, has transformed into a tireless activist for LGBT immigration rights. He has built coalitions with other LGBT and immigrant groups, spoken at community forums and given numerous interviews and published op-eds on the need to include LGBT people and their families in comprehensive immigration reform and to end the archaic and cruel HIV travel ban. Amos regularly meets with local, state and national elected officials to ask them to support the UAFA and got the city of San Francisco to pass an ordinance urging support of this legislation. He is now currently working on getting the state of California to do the same. Amos is also a member of the City of San Francisco’s LGBT Advisory Committee where he advocates for the immigration rights of LGBT families.

Amos Lim is a community hero is every sense of the term. He demonstrates what it means to believe that there is a wrong to be righted and to take action in an area where few others have been brave enough to go. Thank you Amos, from everyone at Out4Immigration. You have always been our hero, and we are happy to share you with the rest of the community!

Photo: KazzaDrask Media.

Morning in America: Online Habits Before Breakfast

The New York Times notes the uptick in early morning online activity with a look at a handful of families across the US and their weekday morning rituals. Not that you thought families sat at the breakfast table anymore and chatted over Cocoa Puffs and the print version of the Times, but seriously, text messaging and scanning emails before even getting out of bed?

Yep. In “Breakfast Can Wait. The Day’s First Stop Is Online” trends highlighted include general online activity surges at 7 am Eastern time attributed to text messaging and emails as reported by Verizon and even earlier (6 am Eastern time) as reported by Facebook and Amazon.com. Adults are trying somewhat to limit their children’s online time but have a hard time policing such restrictions when they admit needing to check work email and texts before breakfast to organize their days. A direct result of this early morning online activity is that other aspects of life are suffering.

In May, Gabrielle Glaser of Montclair, N.J., bought her 14-year-old daughter, Moriah, an Apple laptop for her birthday. In the weeks after, Moriah missed the school bus three times and went from walking the family Labradoodle for 20 minutes each morning to only briefly letting the dog outside.

Moriah concedes that she neglected the bus and dog, and blames Facebook, where the possibility that crucial updates from friends might be waiting draws her online as soon as she wakes. “I have some friends that are up early and chatting,” she said. “There is definitely a pull to check it.”

The poor Labradoodle! (Read more)

Different Approaches for Social and Traditional Media Success

I know I write a lot about Twitter and Facebook on this blog. After all, they are still the shiny new toys as opposed to the old tried-and-true pile of traditional PR tools like calling journalists and writing press releases. But, I just read PR Squared’s daily post and in addition to giving some really good advice, they had this awesome picture that blends apples (social media) with oranges (traditional PR). Bottom line:

“The goal is to do a good job in Social Media and in Traditional Media. Success in BOTH arenas creates a force-multiplier effect. The trick is understanding that you need to craft custom approaches to these varying audiences.Social Media demands 24/7 presence, frequently-updated and relevant content, a diplomatic and distinct voice. Traditional Media requires careful timing, a differentiated story, a proud voice, a tightly-packaged and closely-held assembly of content, verifiable proof and articulate defenders.

Understand the difference. Do both.”

Thank you PR Squared for keeping it real for those of us playing too much with the new toys. Think I’ll go back and put the Barbie in the Tonka Truck and go for a spin. (Read more)

Still Not Convinced You Need to Use Twitter? Ask Paula Abdul

Singer Paula Abdul has become the latest “real person” to message big change in her life via the Twitterverse. Last evening, Abdul, if you can imagine for a moment, alone and feeling dejected after a couple of bad months (some say years) at the office (in her case, the judging panel of TV’s American Idol) decided to make her decision to leave the show public.

Unlike stars of old (or even last year), Abdul did not summon her manager, agent, assistants, advisers, attorneys and PR flaks to a high-rise Century City conference room to debate the strategy for this move (yeah, right). Nope, Forever Your Girl Paula Straight Up hopped on a laptop and tweeted the following:

With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return to #IDOL. I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all..Cont’d…

and then…

I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent,but most of all being a part of a show that I helped from day1become an international phenomenon.

and…

What I want to say most, is how much I appreciate the undying support and enormous love that you have showered upon me

but, wait, there’s more…

It truly has been breathtaking, especially over the past month

Well, maybe we shouldn’t mock Ms. Abdul and doubt that she could have tweeted all this by herself. After all, even the flakkiest PR flak knows you only get 140 characters per post with Twitter. And Abdul needed 4 posts to get it all out. Not quite a press release…but close. And the result was the same — if not better. (Read more)