Twitter to the rescue after hijack

2012-04-10 08:30

Johannesburg - A man who was hijacked but managed to send an SMS to raise the alarm, has escaped unscathed after Twitter users mobilised forces.

The Star
reported that the man was driving to Florida at about 21:00 on Saturday evening when two men hijacked him in his Golf. He was forced into the boot of his car and the men drove off with him.

Fortunately, he still had his cellphone on him and was able to SMS his girlfriend.

She then tweeted the car’s registration number and asked people to retweet.

Seven others retweeted the message and a friend sent it on to well-known traffic tweeter, PigSpotter.

PigSpotter’s more than 109 000 followers saw and sent on the message, which had now also reached security companies who were pooling resources to find his car.

Finally it was located through his active cellphone signal. The net was closing in.

The car then drove into a roadblock and the criminals ran off, abandoning the car. The owner of the car was found unharmed in his boot.

@PigSpotter later told The Star that the incident showed how effective a networking tool PigSpotter and Twitter was in general.

"This is not the first incident where someone has been rescued, or a vehicle has been retrieved as a direct result of tweeting me and it being RT'ed, and reaching the correct people at the exact moment.”

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