Here at Mango Languages we truly believe in the idea of community. We are a company that built a product for the people and by the people.
These sites are all about creating community with groups of people. We love to join others who are just as passionate about language and linguistics. We also are meeting and interacting with people all over the world.
Personally, I have been using twitter for quite some time now but never thought in a million years that twitter would be an angel until last weekend when my work computer was stolen from my car. It was in the floor of my backseat, (shh, don't tell anyone but I was trying to avoid the temptation to work as I am a bit of a workaholic.) Due to some unusual circumstances (I was not the last person out of the car) it did not get locked. I know, this is where you say...so stupid Beverly!
Let me set the scene. At around 2:00 am a stranger tweeted me to contact him when I received his note. I was sleeping. I woke to another tweet from him saying he thinks he has my laptop and that he bought it from a guy who he suspected stole it from me. I thought at first it was Spam and the guy was trying to "work" me.
I looked out my window, my car was fine and my computer case was in the back. What was the guy up to? I ignored him.
Then he sent me another tweet saying that he would meet me at a police station to give me my computer back. Now...I got to thinking. I went out to my car and the door was not fully closed just closed enough to look like it was closed. My heart was racing! I opened it and picked up my computer bag. Empty!!!
At this point I am in shock and my mind is racing. I called the local police station to see what I should do. An officer visited the scene of the crime (still can't believe I am typing that) and I filed an official police report.
The officer asked for the Twitter info and suggested I try to get a hold of my twitter angel. I tweeted him. No answer for 5 hours...but then it came. He works nights so he was sleeping all day.
He confirmed the type of computer. We chatted, he works at a local gas station. His story...A dirty bum came in and asked him if he likes Macs. He said yes but didn't expect the guy to pull one out from under his shirt. He knew it had been stolen and whose ever it was would be devastated. He bought it for $50 (this I can't believe! - my baby for only $50), found my name on it and googled me. Saw I was on Twitter and made contact.
We met that night at the police station, I got my beautiful baby back - not even 24 hours after she was taken (officer said this never happens) and I have my faith restored in humanity. There are still lots of good people out there! The best thing - I knew who had my computer before I even knew it was stolen. Whew!
All because of Twitter!
Do you have any Twitter Angels or great twitter stories? Please share!