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Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 05/30/2012

Hall of Famer George Brett uses Twitter to find lost dog

Hall of Fame Kansas City Royals third baseman George Brett joined the Twittersphere earlier this month. Like countless current and former athletes before him, he probably viewed the platform as a place to interact with fans and others in the baseball business, promote himself and work on reducing his writing style to the socially acceptable 140-character format.

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But last night, Brett used Twitter for something far more important.

He tweeted that his dog, Charlie, was missing. He followed that with a photo and the offer of a reward. Brett then went after heavily-followed sports reporters including Sports Illustrated’s Peter King and ESPN’s Buster Olney. People began to retweet Brett, and soon #FindCharlie began trending around the country.

At 8:23 a.m. Wednesday — less than eight hours after his first tweet — Charlie was back home, safe and sound and Brett had a new appreciation for the power of Twitter.

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