A while back, a friend asked me about online networking sites that he could use to build his business. I had mentioned this briefly earlier in a post “It is not What you know, but Who you know!” and was going to spend some more time on the subject but as I read the newspaper at lunch, I changed my mind.

Our newspaper The Augusta Chronicle has an article today “Older people have presence on MySpace Their space, too” (I would link directly to the article but you need to sign up for a free online subscription to read them).  The story is about a local mom who is using her MySpace page to keep in touch with her son in Iraq.

The article also goes on to mention other older local folks that are using MySpace to meet friends, stay in touch, promote businesses, bands etc. Nothing new to those who are online regularly but nice to see folks getting online.  It was these next articles that made me smile and chuckle some.

Four face charges in break-ins at theater” This article starts out:
Photos on an Augusta man’s MySpace Web page helped Richmond County investigators connect him and another man to the April 26 burglary and vandalism of the historic Miller Theater on Broad Street.” Apparently one of the suspects spray painted a phrase inside the theater which also appeared in a photo on his MySpace page.

And then this article: “Man to serve 75 years for attacking woman
A man who was convicted of beating an 88-year-old woman after escaping from jail was sentenced to 75 years in prison.  On Wednesday, Baldwin County Superior Court Judge Hugh V. Wingfield sentenced Darrin Bates, 35, who was arrested last year when authorities got a tip that he regularly checked his MySace.com account at a public library.

Then I remembered something that happened last year, so I looked it up (also at the Chronicle): “MySpace posts get deputies in trouble”  The article starts out:

Three Richmond County sheriff’s deputies could face disciplinary action over information and pictures posted on their MySpace profiles, sheriff’s officials said….At issue is their use of sheriff’s office property in photos posted on the social-networking MySpace.com site, in addition to comments that Sheriff Ronnie Strength said are not in accordance with office policy

What would we do without MySpace?  🙂