A Berkeley journalism student, James Buck, was arrested in Cairo and notified his friends by posting one word, “arrested,” to Twitter. Here’s the story from — of all places — the Daily Cal. One of the local TV news programs picked it up last night, where I saw it. He also kept calling contacts and posting updates to Twitter, and the university sent lawyers who negotiated his release.
Updating the world about one’s minute-to-minute activities can sometimes be worthwhile.