One thing I always like about new technology is when it enables something that was effectively impossible before. So, while this story is really just a cute story about a lost dog, it also is quite amazing when you think about it. Not so long ago, this kind of thing wasn’t really possible. It’s the story of how a Jack Russell terrier near Dublin somehow got away from its owner on Tuesday evening. Wednesday morning, it wandered onto an Irish Rail train. After workers realized the owner was not aboard, they took the dog to a particular station and then sent out a “Lost dog!” tweet:
Soon afterwards, Deirdre Anglin, tweeted “that’s my dog!”:
Irish Rail announced that they found the owner, just 32 minutes after posting the original:
And then there was the reunited post:
And, of course, now the dog has its own Twitter feed.
Oddly, it does seem worth noting that just days before, Deirdre had tweeted at the Irish Rail to find out about extra trains for an event. That appears to be the only time she tweeted at the Irish Rail since her account first appeared about a year ago. I’m guessing that’s just a weird coincidence, though in this day of faux viral stories, it’s at least worth noting…
Either way, assuming the story is accurate, it once again shows some of the unique power of modern communication technology — even as some still continue to decry things like Twitter as useless. Prior to that, people could have posted a “lost dog!” message online, but the chances of it ever actually connecting with the owner were much more slim. But a service like Twitter, that makes it so easy to spread and share such info, creates the perfect conditions to make something like this happen.