We all like to check our friends’ statuses, especially after long nights out, for hilarity and the occasional inspiration.  However, these days it seems like our statuses, tweets, what have you, are acting as alibis and evidence.

The New York Times highlighted one case in particular; that of Rodney Bradford of New York City.  On October 17th at 11:59pm Bradford updated his Facebook status, asking where his pancakes where, from his father’s computer in Harlem.  At the same time there were a couple of robberies across town in his neighborhood in Brooklyn.  The next day Bradford was arrested and held as a suspect of the robberies.

If it weren’t for his late night post about everyone’s favorite breakfast dish, Mr. Bradford would probably still be in jail.  However, his alibi was tracked and confirmed and he escaped faulty conviction.

Sadly, some use social media to taunt others or commit crimes.  More and more people are also using evidence on Facebook and Myspace to prove infidelity in divorce court.

So, the next time you update your status, you’ll probably think twice.  It could get you out of a sticky situation.

New York Times link: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/12/nyregion/12facebook.html?_r=1&ref=technology