The theme of this week's Facebook Friday has turned out to be quite the soap opera. So, rather than spoil the fun with extensively reporting on news of Facebook facial recognition or Facebook's acquisition of software firm Sofa, let's stick to the juicy, guilty-pleasure-inducing drama. Enjoy!
The Next Lifetime Movie
On an even creepier note, David Voelkert of Indiana was arrested this week for allegedly Facebook "friending" a 17-year-old girl and admitting to her that he planned to kill his wife. Think that's bad? The teenage girl was actually Angela Voelkert… Mr. Voelkert's wife.
Angela created the fake identity of Jessica Studebaker as a means of spying on her husband during the process of their divorce. And boy did she find some dirt! Unwittingly, David not only told "Jessica" that he had installed a tracking device on his wife's car, but asked the teenager to find someone at her school who would be willing to be a hit man. "There should be some gang-bangers there that would put a cap in her ass for $10,000. I am done with her crap!"
Oh wait – there's more: David asked 17-year-old "Jessica" to run away with him after he killed his wife.
Now, here's an M. Night Shyamalan ending for you: David suspected that "Jessica" was actually Angela, obtained a notarized affidavit stating that he had no intentions of harming his wife or running away with an underage girl, went along with the story in order to use it in court for himself, and all charges were dropped.
The Trick up Her Facebook Sleeve
So, first we heard about a woman who had all 152 of her Facebook friends' profile pictures tattooed Brady Bunch style on her arm. Now, it has come out that the whole thing was just a marketing tactic for a tattoo company.
Dutch News reported Wednesday that the Rotterdam tattoo artist who claimed to have created the Facebook tattoo, Dex Moelker admitted that the tattoo (and video that came along with it) was nothing more than a stick-on advertising stunt. "It is a try-out tattoo, a transfer, that washes off in a couple of days", said Moelker.
On the one hand, it's refreshing to see that the girl we thought was dumb enough to permanently mark her body with Facebook friends is not actually that willy-nilly. On the other hand, we got duped.