In the age of technology where people find it easier to tweet things rather than talking about it, it has become increasingly convenient for them to come up with ways that can excite the social media. It also helps them gain overnight publicity and thousands of followers on Twitter. Something similar was recently tried by 16-year old New Jersey girl Kara Alongi when she tweeted:
There is somone in my hour ecall 911— Kara Alongi (@KaraAlongi) September 30, 2012
Within a few seconds her tweet went viral. People retweeted her message and the hashtag "#helpfindkara" began trending on Twitter. Even at present the retweet count of Kara’s tweet stands at 34,888. As a result police officials leapt into action immediately. However, things took a rather interesting turn from there onwards.
According to Police Chief Alan Scherb there was no sign of foul play in Alongi’s home. "There was nothing disturbed inside the home," he said. Police are looking for her but say she’s not in danger. Also, police has a strong feeling that the entire thing was a hoax and Kara ran away voluntarily.
Unfortunately, she left her phone at home, so she was not even able to see how she got more than 95,000 followers on Twitter overnight. As it became clear that Alongi wasn’t kidnapped in the first place, the hashtag “#helpfindkara” became a target of internet trolls, who posted pictures of themselves looking for Kara under their bed.
Other Twitter users also joined Kara’s trolling session willingly. One of them (@KristaLong20) tweeted:
This Kara girl was not kidnapped. She ran away.— ??ιs?α ?σηg .. ?(@KristaLong20) October 1, 2012
Another Twitter user (@BryanTS18) tweeted:
This kara girl went from the most worried about girl on twitter, to the most hated.— Bryan Soth (@BryanTS18) October 1, 2012