More to Twitter than just a tweet
TWITTER is not just twitter ‚ says a woman who tracked down her dad after posting his picture on the social networking site.
“Twitter helps people find jobs. It helps when people are missing and it helps find dads‚” Katleho Molai said jokingly.
She was speaking several hours after she met with her father, having used Twitter to help her track him down.
Molai had posted a picture of him earlier this month‚ asking for people to help her find him. Six days later‚ Twitter sleuths had sent through scores of leads and she had tracked him down.
“Some people said they knew him. Some people said he was in Nigeria or Tanzania and when I checked‚ I was trending in African countries‚” Molai said.
She finally got a positive hit from one Twitter user.
“This girl said [her relatives] were [my dad’s] neighbours. She had details about my father’s sisters and we began to WhatsApp‚” she said.
“Eventually through her own investigations‚ she got his number and sent it to me. I didn’t know what I would say to him so I gave the number to my mom‚” Molai said.
Her mother arranged the meeting.
“When we parked‚ my mom saw him first at the parking lot.
“He kind of looked the same as on the Twitter picture but I was expecting someone taller. He gave me a hug‚ hugged my mother and then we went to get something to eat.”
Molai has since learnt that she has six siblings who she cannot wait to meet.