Homeless man finds his daughter through Twitter, Facebook

By on February 26, 2011
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A homeless man in the US reconnects with his daughter after 11 yrs using popular social networking sites.

On it’s day, social networking sites are a good thing. They have the power to bring people together, instantly and continuously, and have helped invaluably during natural disasters, quick news reporting and more recently, during the protest in Egypt that finally saw the ruling government overturned. Daniel Morales, a homeless man in New York, saw the reach and power such sites first hand when he reconnected with his daughter after 11 years.

Morales, a 58 year old man in New York City was one of the four homeless people that had been given a cellphone and a Twitter account as part of the ‘Underheard’ campaign in the city. The program asked the four people to tweet about what’s it like being homeless. Morales, who has more than 3000 followers, took the opportunity to broadcast about his daughter who lost contact with him in 2000 after the family moved to the USA from Puerto Rico. He posted a picture of her’s when she was 16 on Thursday. Overnight, an unknown woman scoured through Facebook pages to find his daughter, now a 27 yr old Sarah Rivera, and reunited them.

Rivera told CBS NYC that “”[Twitter] holds a purpose and that purpose is that you can instantly find anybody and it’s amazing.”

The below videos shows Morales receiving a call from his daughter. Morales says he will continue to tweet despite having reunited with his family.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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