Sunday, February 1, 2009

SUCCESS!! Thanks everyone!


I am very happy to let everyone know that the camera's owner has bee
n found!

This evening, a mere eight days after setting up this blog, I received the email that I--and lots of other folks here--was hoping for!  I will be sending the family's photos and movie clips back to them this week.  I will leave this blog site up until the end of February, just for folks that might be checking back in to see the great news!

Thanks, everyone, for all of your help in making this little project a great big success!  As I mentioned in my comments earlier today, the outpouring of great ideas and encouragement, both here and received via email, was absolutely amazing.  Thanks for helping to spread the word via other blogs, Craigslist, Reddit, Digg, Twitter and beyond. Working together, we used the internet to reunite someone with their lost family photos and, in the end, that's all that mattered. As somebody posted on Twitter, it was "one nerd's attempt at establishing humanity on the Internet". Well, this one nerd truly could not have done it without all of you!  Thanks! :-)

25 comments:

  1. That is such awesome news! You are a really great person for having done this!

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  2. Where does the family live? How did the family find out about the found camera?

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  3. I think it is INCREDIBLE that you did this for these people! I had a camera lost/stolen at Disney World a couple of years ago that had priceless photos of my infant son on the memory card. I would have been forever grateful if someone had done for me what you have done for them!
    God Bless you!

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  4. I would also love to hear the story behind this--where the people live, how they found you, how old the pictures are, etc. You could tell us the story without giving specific details about the family.

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  5. It would be nice if you could fill us in on the story behind the camera. You don't have to reveal names, but could you tell us something about the owner(s) and how they lost the camera and when? What was the occasion- a honeymoon? A family vacation?

    YOU STARTED THIS! :)hahahaha

    Thank you!!!

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  6. ooops- PS And HOW DID THEY FIND OUT ABOUT THIS BLOG SPOT? It would be great to trace the "six degrees of photo ID". :)

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  7. I would also love to hear something about the camera owners. You don't have to give away their identity!

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  8. Hi everyone!

    On Sunday night, the camera's owner wrote a few details on how the camera was lost in the last comment in the article below this one. They are located in NY state (I live in PA) and someone they knew recognized the person in the second photo and made the connections, which is how they ultimately found out about this blog and emailed me.

    I am mailing a DVD out tomorrow with all of their photos and the movies. I would send the camera too, but I don't think it can be fixed. ;-)

    Thanks again, everyone, for all your help and encouragement in making this project a success!

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  9. So glad the owner was found. Specially when it was someone from out of state coming to visit NH. Thanks for the good job !

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  10. That is so nice, and something I would do as well. I often find objects on my dog walks, and go to great lengths to find the owner, usually with success!

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  11. Kudos to you for helping reunite these folks with their camera.

    Just like Patti in the first comment thread, I was able to ID the owner of a lost camera thanks to the phone number on a dog's ID tag in one of the photos. I spent a few hours looking for a clue until I finally figured that one out. Dog tags = shortcut to finding lost owners, both for dogs and digital cameras.

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  12. I just love a happy ending! Well done FoundCamera!

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  13. :D What a wonderful happening! There are very few things more disheartening than losing a camera or photos on a camera! It is wonderful that you were able to retrieve it! Well done!

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  14. WOW, that a great story, plus love the Twitter line, "one nerd's attempt at establishing humanity on the Internet." Kudos to CameraFound!

    Cheers!
    ej

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  15. Wow. Cool story, and so nice of you to do that! There's a situation where technology was helpful...if that had been a film camera, the undeveloped film would have been quickly destroyed also.

    So glad they got their photos back!

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  16. You've reinforced my belief in the fundamental goodness of people. I hope you keep this blog up indefinitely, as every time I need to be convinced that the world isn't filled with self-centered meanies, I'm going to come here for a happy reminder.

    You're a good soul.

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  17. Please don't delete your blog. You're a great model to a lot of people.

    A modern real-life Hero! :)

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  18. i love you. i'd always hope that people would return my camera if i lost it. i even wrote on the case 'reward for safe return'

    Building confidence for men

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  20. Amazing and awesome piece of work! Well done!

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