You can find pretty much anything imaginable on Pinterest. In fact, according to a statistic by Semiocast a French social media agency, there are over 70 million users worldwide – this makes for a lot of pinned favorite desserts! What was once used mainly by women for pinning dresses, desserts, children clothing, and destinations has now evolved into a powerful and creative business tool. It has also become a place to pin lost and found items.
Police Pinterest Lost and Found
The Metro Winnipeg website recently posted an article about how the Winnipeg police had created a Pinterest lost and found service. So no need to look any further for that remote control helicopter that flew over the border into Canada. Other items posted include car keys, phones, a watch and even foreign currency. Victoria Police is creatively making use of Pinterest boards as well for posting confiscated property. States-side, WJAC wrote about how State College Police Department in Pennsylvania also created a Pinterest lost and found board to help in locating the owners of the lost items.
The greatest challenge we found with Pinterest is that the searching functionality is not exactly what you would be accustomed to using Google. After you enter the initial “lost and found” keywords, there are ways to refine the search using category tiles. These are fine for exploring, but looking for a specific lost and found board those of Winnipeg police or the State College Police Department didn’t come up without exact results. It also is easy to get lost in the myriad of images available on the site and end up going down a rabbit trail.
Have you ever found a lost item using Pinterest? Please share with us your suggestions for how to effectively use Pinterest to locate lost items.