The importance of Twitter to contact work colleagues was made apparent on Monday, when LBi digital marketer Simon Heyes got locked between two doors in his office and only got free when a passer by tweeted for his rescue.
According to the blog Heyes wrote about the incident, the agency has two doors: an external door which is opened by key and houses the box to set and turn off the alarm, and then an interior door, which has to be opened by a card key when entering the office.
Heyes was stuck in the office after a colleague accidentally locked him in, and in his rush to not set off the motion sensor alarm he opened the internal door and pressed in the code…only to find that the internal door had closed behind him and that he had neither key, nor his phone, with him.
After managing to flag down a passer by (Heyes wrote in his blog “he probably saw an overly excited silent mime artist with a bulldog smoking a cigar on the front on his t-shirt. Not ideal, but nonetheless, it worked. He stopped.”), Heyes realised he couldn’t remember the mobile number for anyone in his office.
Instead, he came up with the idea of giving the passer by the Twitter handles for colleagues who lived nearby, asking them to come with their keys to help out.
After half an hour, a lot of retweets and a few comments asking if it was real, the cavalry arrived and Heyes avoided spending the night in a glass box in the doorway of the office.
Moral of this story? Memorise the twitter handles and phone numbers of colleagues. Or just make sure you’re not the last one out the office.