Tracking the soaring stocks and junk bonds of social media, helping you to invest carefully and speculate wisely. (By Rhodri Marsden)
October 25th, 2013
Rising: Lost & Found
Hi all, I lost a small cruzer micro thumb drive at 23-5-121 today at about 12.30pm, if found please contact me thanks! Friends pls help RT!- Lee Chun Leong (@LeeCL1) October 29, 2013
ช่วยนางหาหน่อย==' RT @ KYULOVEME0428: Urgent! I lost my gold iphone5s in area A, please help me to find it T.T- twokimholic (@GyuL_Holic) November 3, 2013
THIS IS SERIOUS PLEASE DON'T SCROLL PAST I'VE LOST MY PET, JOSEPH DESCRIPTION: 4 FT, BROWN, KANGAROO SPECIES RT TO HELP ME FIND HIM :(- brittanie (@nirryvana) August 27, 2013
And people find stuff. Stuff just appears in their vicinity, stuff that clearly has a value, and in an ideal world the person who lost it would be reunited with it. And so they turn to Twitter. The assumption is that the speed with which tweets can go viral, coupled with the benevolent nature of the Twitter community, will quickly resolve the situation.
RT @GreatGothNinja If anyone has lost a small milk snake in the Wrexham area please get intouch with North Wales Reptile &Raptor Sanctuary- Wrexham.com (@wrexham) April 16, 2013
If anyone has lost a ferret , there's on in #nr3 at the mo . Please RT- Mark (@theflob) March 15, 2012
IF ANYONE HAS LOST A SMALL CREAM CHIHUAHUA IN THE SUTTON COLDFIELD, BIRMINGHAM AREA RECENTLY, A FRIEND OF MINE HAS IT! PLEASE RT IF LOCAL!!!- Sam (@bikerman078) April 11, 2012
Mr Tony Folland - I've found your bank card in Reading. Please RT and get it back to him people #Reading- Emma B (@the_emma_b) August 28, 2013
RT @PaulbernalUK Has anyone lost a tortoise? One found wandering (slowly) in Malvern last night. Incident Ref: 0191S 041013. Please retweet- Stephen (@50gibbs) October 4, 2013
I've no idea whether any of this feverish Twitter activity does any good, whether any of these items end up where they belong, but it's always heartening to see the enthusiasm with which people retweet them. Look, 1,500 retweets and counting. No clue as to whether it's done any good.
If you lost an envelope in Glasgow this morning containing 2 passports, €400 and 2 tickets for Ajax-Celtic it's at Stewart St Police Station- Martin Corey (@Martin_Corey) November 4, 2013
Some people even go to the lengths of opening a Twitter account for the object in an attempt to get rid of it – i.e. a small stuffed lion, found at a service station on 29th December last year.
British pals has anyone lost a cuddly lion cub at Pease Pottage services look at the picture of @LostLionCub is he yours? Please RT- Kolo Martin (@Kolo_Martin) January 5, 2013
Having a nice time watching nanny mcfee, with the foster parents after my bath. Anyone recognise me yet? pic.twitter.com/PiySviS5- Little Lost Lion Cub (@LostLionCub) December 30, 2012
Its been a week since I was found. I feel so lonely :-(- Little Lost Lion Cub (@LostLionCub) January 5, 2013
Still lost :-(- Little Lost Lion Cub (@LostLionCub) February 4, 2013
Feeling depressed now.
Been lost 6 months now, as much as I miss my old family I love my new one! I've even been back home to S.Africa. pic.twitter.com/7GkO30sABe- Little Lost Lion Cub (@LostLionCub) June 9, 2013
Now I'm just waiting for a tweet that says "Sod you, then, I'm staying with this lot, they give me my own Twitter account and everything, it's great."