More to Twit­ter than just a tweet

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS - Naledi Shange

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.

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