Woman who launched campaign to find 'best friend' she met on cruise over 12 years ago is reunited with her within hours
Brianna tweeted out a picture of her and her best friend in the hope she could find her after more than a decade. Twitter delivered within half a day
Social media certainly isn't all it's made out to be, but there is the odd occasion where it serves its true purpose: bringing people together. One Twitter user would be the beneficiary of the internet's magic and ability to get posts viral in a matter of hours as she successfully tracked down a long lost childhood friend.
Twitter user @brianncry, from Mississippi, called for help from users of the platform in finding a friend she had met on a cruise. She uploaded an old snap where she's seen smiling and wearing a lei garland alongside another girl in a blue floral address with the caption, "Hey Twitter, I met this girl on a dinner cruise in Hawaii in 2006. We were basically best friends for that night so I need y’all to help me find my best friend cause I miss her and I need to see how she’s doing now. Please retweet this so we can be reunited. [sic]"
Hey twitter, I met this girl on a dinner cruise in Hawaii in 2006. We were basically bestfriends for that night so I need y’all to help me find my bestfriend cause I miss her and I need to see how she’s doing now. Please retweet this so we can be reunited. pic.twitter.com/LRtk6ClvV3— Bri 🌺 (@briannacry) 24 November 2018
But with no name to work with, Twitterati would have a hard time tracking the other girl down. Or so you would think. It would take less than half a day — 11 hours and 18 minutes to be exact — for the other girl in the picture to respond to Brianna and reunite the pair once again.
According to the Daily Mail, the other girl was identified as Heidi, an artist who lives in California. Heidi posted a picture of herself holding a holiday snap of her in the floral dress for proof with a caption, "I heard you were looking for me."
She also seemed to understand the gravity of what just happened, explaining she was not active on Twitter and it was her school friends who told her someone was looking for her, tweeting, "Bruhhh it’s been literal years since I was last on Twitter and the first thing I see is a search party for my a**," and then later joking that the sudden internet fame meant she could not possibly finish up her sociology essay.
Heidi also answered how she found out, writing, "Most of the friends that alerted me I’ve known since middle school!! I don’t think I changed much in the time span between elementary and middle school, so that’s why." She also revealed she still had the blue dress which was handed down to her by her mother.
Those that had been following the developments closely gushed about the reunion. One posted, "Oh my God!! This is amazing!! I am crying right now!!," while another wrote, "I love the internet." A third tweeted, "I wanted it to happen, but I wasn't ready when I saw it happen."
When Twitterati suggested Heidi go meet with her long-lost friend, she explained she couldn't as she's "going to community college on financial aid" and that she's "not going anywhere anytime soon." But the two have seemingly been messaging each other on their phones, with Briana posting a few updates about their conversations and how excited they were to find each other.
However, things did take a turn for the sour when users began re-tweeting a GoFundMe page they said was looking to raise money so the pair would meet up with one another. Both moved quickly to disown the campaign, with Heidi warning that the page had not been set up by either her or Brianna and that it was a potential scam.