Man locked in his own car's trunk sends text message to girlfriend, who uses Twitter to spread word and track down vehicle.

This article titled “Twitter helps save South African carjacking victim” was written by David Smith in Johannesburg, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 11th April 2012 13.57 UTC

It has fuelled political revolutions and offered the likes of Stephen Fry, Wayne Rooney and Lady Gaga a direct line to their fans.

Twitter might not, however, be the first thing on the mind of a man hijacked and locked in the boot of his car. Yet it was a chorus of tweets that quite possibly saved his life.

The victim was driving through Johannesburg, South Africa, at around 9pm last Saturday when two armed men stopped and seized his Golf 3, South Africa’s Star newspaper reported.

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