Now here’s a story with all the right elements—a treasure is recovered from sea, a do-gooder returns an item to its owner, and an up-and-coming social network gets its big break.
According to the Google+ community, a diver by the name of Markus Thompson found a Canon Rebel 1000D at the bottom of the ocean off the coast of British Columbia in Canada.
Thompson took the camera home with him and discovered that the camera’s memory card was still in tact, though it had been underwater for more than one year. Thompson viewed the images from the SD card and gathered a few details: he discovered that the camera’s owner was a firefighter, and that the images were captured during a family vacation. Thompson then did what any other forward-thinking, well-meaning citizen would do: he took to social media to find the camera’s owner.
Google+ was Thompson’s network of choice. He posted pictures of the camera along with this message:
By 5:00 p.m. today, the Google+ thread was updated, saying that the camera’s owner had been identified through Firefit Canada, an annual firefighting competition. Here’s a bit of the exchange:
The story—which, by the way, is great publicity for Canon— is ALSO great news for Google+. The “Lost at Sea” narrative is one of the first news threads showing signs of life on G+, demonstrating that people are using the burgeoning social network as a tool for connection and conversation.