My firm just recently convinced a District Court Judge to allow us to serve process in a civil case via facebook. This is the first time it has been done in New Mexico. It'll probably get appealed, but I expect the decision to stick.
Just imagine: how can the Courts on one hand say they believe in e-communications so much these days that we can now e-file documents with the court, and in the same breath say, they don't believe in electronic communications enough to believe that if you send one to someone, that they'll actually receive it. Service of process by electronic means has been permitted at least once before in federal court, and I expect that we will see an increase in this practice as defendants continually seek to avoid service of process, the Court's dockets continually swell, and the Courts become increasingly more computer savvy. See, Prediction Co. LLC v. Rajgarhia, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26536, 6-7 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 22, 2010)(Where the Court allowed service of process by e-mail).
Just imagine, "older, wiser counsel" advised me to dump the case once the defendant fled the country, saying I'd never be able to serve the defendant.
Hasta la victoria siempre!