Wired Magazine, the must read periodical for any self-respecting geek, recently held a contest to see if one of their writers could 'disappear' in today's technological times. They offered $5000 to anyone that could find Evan Ratliff within 30 days and if no one could, Ratliff would win the cash. He remained wired to his social networking sites and it turns out, in the age of Google and Twitter, credit card tracking software, his IP addresses and Profile Photos all helped bring him down.....in New Orleans....by a New Orleans Company, Naked Pizza, on Day 25. Ratliff liked New Orleans and actually visited the city twice during his journey. Chris Rose of the Times-Picayune documents the whole fun story here.
Other related links:
Contest explanation on wired.com
Contest recap on wired.com
Evan Ratliff's Blog about the project
TrackEvan.com - a fan site to track Ratliff's whereabouts
Naked Pizza's Team Vanish documented how they found him here on their blog