Find on a plane ...

After many years of traveling without much incident I left a couple of things on planes recently. They never showed up, but It was a bit of a pain inquiring about them. It occurred to me that this was an application that lent itself to something of a crowdsourced approach, or at least to some form of shared network space, where the airline, the affected passenger, and potentially other passengers, could share information about lost items.

Or maybe not ...

I thought of this when I saw this tweet earlier from Jeni's Ice Creams here in Columbus ...

Just found a wallet in front of the Grandview Ave shop... Maybe RT so we can get it back to its rightful owner. Thanks! [jenisicecream]

Nice gesture. Nice use of Twitter. I hope it works.

Comments: 5

Jun 05, 2009
Tony Hirst

If people were accurately displaying their location, then you'd be able to have a lost and found channel working to alert people close to where you are that you've just lost something?

That might be intrusive, though, having to reveal your location.

Alternatively, if your twitter client knew where you were, you could almost imagine it using something like yahoo placemaker to find common names for the place you are, and construct an on the fly twitter search query looking for tweets that mentioned that place/location alias?

SO eg my client knows where I am, it identifies it as Heathrow, London heathrow, lhr etc etc, and on th fly creates a query for those terms, showing me tweets that mention that location. Then I don't have to reveal my location, but i still get local tweets?

Jun 05, 2009
Dave Pattern

I've always found it slightly disturbing that airlines are allowed to sell lost luggage...

Jun 05, 2009

Hey, Lorcan.

Heather -- our Grandview store manager -- happened to find the wallet's owner's number inside (the wallet) and ended up just giving him a call.

Old fashioned, but it worked :)


Jun 05, 2009

There's this:

Jun 30, 2009

Much of what Jeni's Ice Creams has learned about social media derives from brief but important meetings at OCLC's Office of Research.