Last year, while professional photographer John Heller was on assignment in Los Angeles for Getty Images, his camera and lenses worth over $9,000 were stolen. But thanks to Facebook, Flickr, and the tracking website GadgetTrak, the camera has been returned to Heller. After filing a police report and searching for a year, Heller used GadgetTrak as a last resort. It's a free search tool that scours the data embedded into photos posted on the Web -- including the serial number of the camera that took the pictures. Photos matching the serial number on Heller's camera were found on Flickr. They were then tracked to another photographer on Facebook, who purchased the goods online not knowing they were stolen. Heller is thankful to have his camera back, and police are looking for the thief.
News of Apple CEO Steve Jobs's retirement is filling the Web. His letter of resignation is going viral across social media as are images commemorating Jobs. On Twitter, people are using the hashtag #THANK YOU STEVE JOBS to share how Apple products have changed their lives. They are calling Jobs a revolutionary, a genius, and a visionary. Others are showing concern about Jobs's health, tweeting about candlelight vigils around Silicon Valley and at Apple stores. Those who seemed most upset, though, were Apple employees, some of whom tweeted about crying.
When the earthquake hit the East Coast on Tuesday, tweets moved up the coast faster than the quake did. But there were some furry and slithery creatures who possibly knew about the quake before others. D.C.'s Smithsonian National Zoo said its animals sensed the quake before it hit. Lemurs in the zoo started barking an alarm call 15 minutes before the 5.8-magnitude quake hit. An orangutan named Iris also began "belch vocalizing," which is a noise orangutans make when they're upset and irritated. And the snakes, usually not active during the day, began slithering on the ground. No word yet on whether any birds tweeted before the quake hit.