Social media is such a huge part of our daily lives. It's often placed under the microscope for all the negative connotations associated with it, mental health issues chief among them. However, some truly heartwarming stories can emerge out of social media, and this is one such story.
The tl;dr version of it is this - two 9 year old girls met on a cruise and instantly became BFFs. After the cruise they went their separate ways. 12 years later one of the girls wanted to find her old BFF and turned to Twitter. She posted a picture of them together and asked Twitter to work its magic. And work its magic Twitter did. In less than 12 hours, her BFF responded after being told by her friends that Twitter was looking for her.
This, as some have said, is the power of the internet. However, I think "the power of Twitter" is more apt. Just think, in less than 12 hours, Twitter users spread the word of a girl looking for her long lost friend and they succeeded in finding her. That's just a remarkable outcome.
But wait, there's another story I want to share, and this story is a little closer to home, literally, as this story comes to you from Malaysia.
tl;dr - A woman wanted to find her biological mother as she is going to get married next year. She didn't have a lot of info to go on. Just some old photos, her name, place of birth, and a former place of employment. She turned to Twitter, and in less than a day her biological aunt got in touch. That night itself, she met her biological mother for the first time in 22 years. Is your heart all warm and fuzzy?
As much as we criticise the use of social media as a tool for the spread of misinformation, slander, cyber-bullying, and as a cause of mental health problems, it can also be used for good. Reconnecting people is probably the most common positive outcome of using social media.
Do you have any stories to share about how you reconnected with friends or family via social media?