A new use for Twit­ter

The Times (South Africa) - - News - By 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.

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.

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