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Twitter… It worked (or how we reunited a wallet and its owner)

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-Oct-2011 17:59

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.



Add to the Story: a Christmas Tale...

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 3-Dec-2009 14:41

Just received an email telling me about an interesting way of getting people to create a magical story about Christmas... The Add to the Story promotion sounds like fun: people can call a number Vodafone is making available for a very limited time, listen to the last sentence left from the previous caller and add to it.

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.



New Air NZ flight safety video (with body painting)

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 26-Jun-2009 18:03

It looks like the Air New Zealand folks can't keep their clothes on... This time they have produced a new flight safety video to be used on their Boeing 737-300 domestic services (on flights from 29 June 2009):



Update: As noted in the comments there's a bloopers video too:



What does it take to be an I.T. Rockstar 2009?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 15-Apr-2009 15:34

So, you think you are an I.T. Rockstar? Or do you know one? (Warning: some NSFW images around)



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 ;)



Install Google Chrome advertising...

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 30-Jan-2009 11:35

This is quite a clever ad for Google Chrome, Google's own web browser:





What really goes behind the scenes with cheap airlines...

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 28-Jan-2009 22:38

See what really goes on at the call centre of a low cost airline...



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...



Geekzone integrated with your Twitter...

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 10-Nov-2008 12:25

I am very excited about a new service we have just rolled out here on Geekzone... In short, if you are a Geekzone user and have a Twitter account we now provide the means for you to update your Twitter status from Geekzone - and vice-versa.

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.



The Truth in Advertising

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 24-Jul-2008 20:14

Some bits sound like meetings I attended... Other bits sound like exactly what I expect "Big Telco" would be talking when creating a campaign for their new JesusPhone offering...

Warning: some heavy NSFW language. But worth watching the whole thing.




Star Wars Clone Wars animated trailer

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 23-May-2008 12:58

This looks really good:



The King of Kong comes to New Zealand

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 2-May-2008 11:06

Today I got an e-mail telling me the documentary The King of Kong will be part of this year's New Zealand International Film Festival 2008. It is a story of gamers trying to capture the world record in a few classic arcade games.

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.



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Mauricio Freitas
Wellington
New Zealand


I live in New Zealand and my interests include mobile devices, good books, movies and food of course! 

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