A new use for Twitter
● “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.
Several hours after she met her father, Molai told of how she posted a picture of him earlier this month, asking for help to find him.
Six days later Twitter sleuths had sent her scores of leads and she tracked him down.
She was shocked by how many people were willing to help her.
“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‚” said Molai.
“Another tweet said he had died. Some people thought the man on the picture was their dad, but I wasn’t discouraged.”
Molai 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 started 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.
“He kind of looked the same as on the Twitter picture, but I was expecting someone taller.”
Molai has learnt that she has six siblings, whom she can’t wait to meet.