If you follow any of the media outlets on Facebook or Twitter you've probably noticed how they use social media to find interview subjects for their stories. One of my kids was interviewed for a story a while back because I saw a local business writer's post on Facebook asking if anyone had teenagers who were having a hard time finding work, and if they'd found a job how they'd done it. Nothing earth shattering about reporters using social media to find story subjects, but I have to say I was somewhat surprised by this post on AP's Twitter feed:
Have you stolen from a grocery store or other retailer to get something for the holidays? If so, contact@sarahskidmoreap for an interview.
Why would anyone actually reply to this? Even if you weren't worried that it was a setup wouldn't you be horribly embarassed to admit something like this? Well, maybe not. Given some of the things I've seen over these last few years on social media I'm certain there are plenty of people out there who are totally devoid of shame and crave any kind of attention they can get, so this would be right up their alley.
Sign of the times I guess.