Racking up over 45,000 shares on Facebook in less than 24 hours, a single photograph is quick spreading across the social network in order to help a man locate his lost digital camera. According to Roland Van Gogh, the Facebook user that posted the picture, his father-in-law found a cherry red Nikon Coolpix camera at a train station in the Netherlands. The Nikon camera contains over 2,800 photos of a trip throughout Europe as well.
In the caption of the photograph, Van Gogh states “His photos show a trip throughout Europe from about 2012-05-07. Since 2012-06-15 he stayed in Amsterdam. We would like to give him back the camera and the photos. Please Like, Share and spread this photo around so we can give him back his camera! Thanks!“
In addition to posting a picture of the camera owner with an unnamed female, Van Gogh also posted his email address at the bottom of the photo in case someone knows the owner of the camera.
In the first ten hours, the post had over 10,000 shares which comes out to about 3.5 shares per second according to Van Gogh’s estimate. Van Gogh also indicated that they might have a lead on the identity of the female in the picture as well, but hasn’t reported back in eleven hours. Beyond Facebook, the picture has spread to a variety of other sites including popular link-sharing site Reddit.
If someone does find a lost camera, there are a couple blogs that specialize in attempting to locate camera owners. Ifoundyourcamera.net is a blog powered by WordPress that posts multiple photos from a lost camera as well as details such as the location the camera was found and the time of the discovery. CameraFound.com is a similar site that also posts orphaned pictures in addition to offering a world map with visual locations of lost cameras.