Triumph for Twitter
I don’t know all that much about twitter. I know it is a big thing among lots of people, but 140 character conversations really don’t float my boat. Still, I had to click through on the story about how Joffrey Lupul’s twits tracked down a lost cell phone for him. In ten minutes, no less.
Accordng to the story, Lupul tried calling his number a few times before sending out a tweet offering a reward to whoever tracked it down for him.
Ten minutes later, the cab driver delivered the phone to Lupul’s condo building after the company had been flooded with calls with people trying to find it.
Wow! Great for Lupul, eh? Joffrey called it an “interesting experiment in social media” and something he might test in the future because it was kind of fun. I guess it was fun for Joffrey Lupul.
Me? If I had left my iphone in a cab, I’d have to call the cab company myself. They would tell me that they had the phone and I would have had to retrieve it from the lost and found. I would be inconvenienced and I wouldn’t have fun, but hey, I was the one who lost my phone.
Lupul was not inconvenienced. He transferred the cost of his goof to the cab company and the dispatchers who had to answer all the calls from people trying to score free Leaf tickets. The cab company paid to get the phone back to Lupul to stop the fans from calling.
I don’t think any of this makes Joffrey Lupul a bad person but I do think he acted thoughtlessly and irresponsibly. Worse, he doesn’t seem to understand that he acted thoughtlessly and irresponsibly. (Is it fair to point out that his play is often thoughtless and irresponsible too?)
This is a triumph for Twitter?