The dog’s owner Dierdre Anglin from County Kildare in Ireland also posted the appeal on Facebook.
Anglin was reunited with Patch after the Irish Rail tweet was retweeted 500 times. Anglin hadn’t left the dog on the train, Patch had walked the mile to the station himself, boarding the train and set off for the bright lights of Dublin.
Anglin and Irish Rail then went on to document the reunion on Twitter, posting a series of photos documenting their reunion, their return train trip and car journey home.
The news spread quickly. Anglin said fellow train travellers kept asking her: “Is that the dog from Twitter?”
According to the Mail Online report, Dierdre Anglin said: “This morning my sister and I went onto Facebook to let people know that Patch was missing. But as I was on my way into work, I logged onto Twitter and spotted the tweet by Irish Rail saying that this dog has been found.”
Facebook and Twitter have also been used in the past as a lifeline in a time of crisis such as the Japan Quake in 2011. People in Japan and around the world took to Twitter and Facebook to reach out to loved ones.
Technology Business Research analyst Ezra Gottheil said: “Social communications, like Twitter and social networking sites, like Facebook, are at their best when big news is breaking.”
Organizations and relief efforts are also taking to Twitter, posting information about everything from emergency phone lines for non-Japanese speakers to tsunami alerts, altered train schedules and lists of shelters for those left homeless.