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Using facebook as a source

I was very shocked by the news of the online ad that turned into the killing of a would-be babysitter, but I was even more shocked by Chao Xiong's excellent reporting and her use of Facebook.

I have never seen Facebook used as a source before. It is an excellent idea, especially in a case such as this, where minutes of history matter. But, why doesn't Chao Xiong use the facebook writers' identities when she quotes them? Is it because this sort of thing has never been done before? Is it because she can't find out who had written the messages because they were provided by false names?

Either way, she didn't quote the people directly, but I think this is a big step in a great direction.

http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1513983.html