Today I engaged in a little social experiment. Quite simple really: would I be able to, using Twitter, reunite a lost wallet with its owner?
The answer is, at least in Wellington, yes.
In short, I found a wallet while walking down to lunch with an IT company and some tech journalists. Inside some cash, credit cards, library card, driver licence and family photos. No business card or contact number.
Since I was just on time for lunch I decided to look around for a police car. Seeing none I entered the restaurant and sent out a tweet saying "Looking for Ian Shannon. Found his wallet. I am having lunch at Aribtrageur until 130pm."
If nothing happened by them I would just drop the wallet at the central police station.
Ten people retweeted my message, and about twenty minutes later I received the following: "@freitasm @greermcdonald - Hi there! Told Ian that you have his wallet. He'll be there in about 15 mins."
And so we managed to reunite Ian and his wallet.
Quite a cool tale for our little capital city.
You can call 250 (free from Vodafone mobile) or 0800 777 028 tomorrow 4th December from 9am through 6pm to participate. Prize winners will be notified instantly.
Vodafone will then make an animated video of the lines and will post it on YouTube. And there are prizes too: iPhones, HTC Magic, travel vouchers, movie passes and a $10,000 Air New Zealand travel.
Update: As noted in the comments there's a bloopers video too:
PS. I am one of the judges in this year's I.T. Rockstar competition. Bribes, tips,bottles accepted. You know how to find me ;)
Anyone who has ever flown with a low cost airline will have experienced something similar to this short little clip that pokes fun at all the little tricks used to sell you a seat. How many times have you fallen for the cheap airfare that ended up costing you more than you thought?
And yes, this is an Air New Zealand ad...
This is how it looks on one's Geekzone account:
You can read all about this feature in my forum post about it. Big thanks to Phil at RedJungle (@redjungle on Twitter) for implementing the service for us.
Warning: some heavy NSFW language. But worth watching the whole thing.
Read The King of Kong synopsis to find out more...
It sounds fun - I might have to check it out. The screening schedule is not ready yet, but you should find more information in the festival website later.