|This week we welcome guest blogger Amy Stewart, Manager of Social Media Strategy for Intouch Solutions & author of great Kansas City-focused blog at beyondtheplazalights.com. Amy also tweets at @amylynnstewart, so be sure to check out her blog & twitter account. Thanks to Amy for sharing her great story!|
This is a story about a social-media savvy woman who left her cell phone in a cab and thought she’d never see it again, but thanks to the Google+ app and a few mis-steps by the cab driver she was able to play detective and obtain the missing phone. Here’s where the story begins:
- Friday, July 8: Receive Google+ invitation and added app to my phone I finally receive a Google+ invitation, but am not that impressed once I sign up. I mean, sure, it’s Google. It’s clean. It’s simple. It incorporates all of my other Google “products” like Buzz and Picasa. I like it, but am slightly underwhelmed. “What does it do that Facebook doesn’t?” I wonder as I download the app on to my phone.
- Thursday, July 21: Lose my cell phone I go out with friends, take Yellow Cab #957 home, and in true Amy fashion, leave my cell phone in the cab. I call Yellow Cab several times over the next few days with hopes of finding my phone. Each time I am told that the cab driver will call me if he finds it. By Sunday, I have given up hope, so I log on to Sprint.com and order a new phone that is delivered a few days later.
- Thursday, July 28: Find picture on Google+ that was taken from my lost/stolen cell phone I’m updating my circles on Google+ and come across a new photo uploaded from my phone, yet I had not taken any pictures with my new phone. Needless to say, I am totally freaked out.
By this time, I had activated my new phone. So why was my old phone still connected to my account and how was it uploading photos to Google+? Turns out, this is a differentiating factor between Facebook and Google+. The Google+ app automatically uploads photos taken on my phone to Picasa and then posts them on Google+. Pretty cool, right? This photo was uploaded exactly one week after I lost my phone. I decide to call Yellow Cab once again and make them aware of the situation because it is clear that someone has my phone. I am told, once again, that the driver will call me if he finds my phone. He doesn’t call. . .
- Friday, August 5: Find photo on Google+ of my Yellow Cab driver that was taken from my lost/stolen cell phone …but he does take more photos that upload to Picasa and Google+! Including one of himself that I find on Friday, August 5 that he had taken the previous Saturday (I obviously wasn’t checking my account enough).
Yep, it’s my Yellow Cab driver – #957 in Kansas City. I call Yellow Cab, speak with Teresa, tell her the story and send the picture of the driver. She calls me back and tells me that Mr. #957 says his friend has the phone and took the picture of him, but that he’ll try to get it back. Teresa goes on to tell me that he’s a very honest person and has turned in many phones in the past. I find this hard to believe, but at this point it doesn’t really matter because I’m 99.9% closer to getting my phone back.
- Saturday, August 6: Yellow Cab Driver #957 returns cell phone I get a call and text from Teresa saying that Mr. #957 has returned my cell phone and she will drop it off.
- Monday, August 8: My phone is hand delivered to me 18 days after I lost my phone – Success!
Check out the second part of this story to learn why Mr. #957 had access to all of my personal information and was able to (accidentally) upload photos of himself to my Google+ account.
|Thanks, Amy, for sharing your story! Have a similar story about how social media helped locate something lost or how it helped uncover a fraud? We’d love to hear your experience in a comment!|