Twitterers Help Lance Get His Bike Back

Twitter, Facebook kept bike in the news
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2009 11:10 AM CST
Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, of the US, smiles as he rests in shade after the fourth stage of the Tour Down Under cycling race in Adelaide, Australia, Friday, Jan. 23, 2009.   (AP Photo/Aman Sharma)
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(Newser) – Turns out celebs can use Twitter for more than just ranting against loud neighbors: Lance Armstrong used social networking sites to get his bike back, the Telegraph reports. He issued an “APB” to his 140,000 Twitter followers, and on Facebook, a group popped up named “1 Million Citizens Looking for Lance Armstrong’s Stolen Bike.” Four days after the theft, the bike was returned.

“All the technology involved really kept the story alive and moving,” said a police sergeant. “It was clear that most of the people in the community were looking for this bike. It makes it hard to transport the thing; you can't ride it or sell it because it is that hot of an item.”