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.
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