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Twitter Helps Canadiens’ Price Find Lost Dogs

Twitter Helps Canadiens’ Price Find Lost Dogs

File this one under awwww. It’s heartwarming when lost dogs get to come home!

The Boston Herald reports that Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price‘s two Labrador retrievers took an unauthorized vacation but were later found after his wife suggested that he tweet about their disappearance.

Carey Price, goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens
Carey Price, goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Price tweeted, “If anyone finds two labs running around Candiac they’re mine.”

Fortunately, a happy ending was soon to come.

The wayward canines were found by Habs fan John Mastromonaco at 6:15 AM on Monday, May 5th, 2014. It was when he heard a radio report about the peripatetic pooches. “Almost at the same time, I see this jogger with two Labradors following him, but the dogs didn’t look like they were with him,” Mastromonaco told The Canadian Press.

A Personal Take on It

To me, what is most interesting about this story is not just that a potential tragedy was averted, but that social media and traditional media worked together, and it was completely and utterly unintentionally. John Mastromonaco was not even on Twitter; he was listening to the radio.

But no one would have made that radio report, had it not been for Carey Price tweeting. And Carey Price’s tweet would never have happened, had it not been for the quick and resourceful thinking of his wife.

Think about this in terms of attribution qualitative analysis, and seeking context for online behaviors.  It seems to me that, when a lot of athletes think about using Twitter or any other form of social media, it is often for self-promotional activities.

They may be personally mentioning that they are excited to be playing in a particular venue (or anything else, for that matter), but this tweet was different. It was more like a neighbor reaching out to fellow neighbors.

By knowing the entire story, we know which networks to attribute the outcome to: Twitter and radio. Twitter for the initial message, and radio for its amplification.

Twitter to the rescue!

Over Eight Years Later, Are Your Lost Dogs Home?

Er, wait, what?

This is another old post but the original story is no longer out there.

But it does beg the question of how people were using Twitter back then. And, how are they using it now?

These days, Twitter feels a lot more like a place to park conspiracy theories. While there is a semi-active writing community there, a lot of them have been leaving for places like Mastodon. Elon Musk’s takeover and disastrous “management” are leaving a lot of bad tastes in people’s mouths.

Yes, I do occasionally see wholesome content. But it’s a lot harder to find.

Where are the lost dogs of yesteryear, Twitter?

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