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08/16/2013

Twitter, Facebook blitz returns stolen bike to Toronto woman

Return_megs_bikeA combination of old-school flyers and new-school Twitter posts helped a Toronto woman get reunited with her stolen bike.

Meg Norton had her new $1,000 bike stolen last week, and then started a campaign to get it recovered.

A picture of her plain-loooking cream-coloured Linus bike featured prominently in paper flyers stuck to light posts in the city, along with the hashtag #ReturnMegsBike.

Norton also made her pleas for the bike’s return on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Meanwhile, a musician who bought the bike for $100 from a woman off the street realized something was fishy. As the Star reported, Valery Gore was wondering: How could a pricey item be pawned off on the street for a hundred bucks?

Gore’s husband ultimately spotted a poster on the street, and then told his wife about the missing bike.

Using the hashtag #ReturnMegsBike, Valery connected with Meg...and Meg tells me she was reconnected with her pride and joy within 13 hours.

 

Has social media helped you find something that was lost or stolen?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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