It was Nov. 13, 2007. A few days earlier, there had been an article in a local St. Louis paper, telling the story of Megan Meier, a 13-year-old girl who had committed suicide more than a year earlier. The article quoted Megans parents, telling how a malicious message sent from a fake MySpace account created by one of their neighbors (the mother of a former friend of Megans) may have sent their daughter over the edge. The blogosphere was intrigued: Who would pull such a cruel prank?
One blogger, Sarah Wells, decided to find out. She used the details in the article and public tax records to find out the neighbor referred to in the article. Im tired of waiting for someone else to out you, Wells wrote in that days entry.