Teenagers in the UK are using Google Earth to find backyard swimming pools, then using Facebook to organize flashmobs at said pools. The practice, called “dipping,” would be much more difficult without Google Earth. With Google Earth, users can identify houses with pools (and even select those with short, scalable fences).
Though dipping is pretty ingenious and – let’s face it – cool, it is nonetheless a deplorable trespass on homeowners’ property. But, it never hurts to remind those following the story, Google and Facebook should not be held responsible for people abusing their fine services.
I also propose a Congressional investigation to determine whether our teens are falling behind the British in awesomeness.