A Twitter user’s call to help to find her long-lost “best friend” she met on a cruise 12 years ago ignited a swift online “search party” that reunited them in just 11 hours.
Brianna (@briannacry) was on a dinner cruise in Hawaii back in 2006 when she shared an adorable photo with a girl she had befriended that night.
In a bid to be reunited with her friend, the 19-year-old college student from Mississippi tweeted the image on Saturday, urging other Twitter users to find her.
It took netizens less than a day to find Brianna’s missing friend after the picture was shared tens of thousands of times.
“Heard you were looking for me,” Heidi (@heii_tree) replied to Brianna’s tweet 11 hours later, attaching a photo of herself and her family from the same cruise.
According to Heidi, her friends from school notified her after recognizing her from the viral post.
“I don’t think I changed much in the time span between elementary and middle school,” she added.
“Bruhhh it’s been literal years since I was last on Twitter and the first thing I see is a search party for my ass,” Heidi wrote.
In an interview with the Standard, Brianna revealed that said she and Heidi have been messaging since they got in touch yesterday.
“I was so shocked! I was in the car scrolling through twitter and I saw her response with her family photos from the Hawaii dinner cruise. I had no idea my tweet would’ve reached her that fast,” Brianna was quoted as saying.
“We’ve been talking about college and life. We’re still catching up.”
While both have indicated that they intend to meet again, Heidi tweeted that a face-to-face reunion may take a while longer due to financial constraints.
Heidi, who is from California, is about 3,000 miles away from Brianna who goes to Hampton University in Virginia.
Some people online have offered money to the pair just so they can finally meet up but they turned them down. They also warned the public against the fake GoFundMe donation pages which were purportedly set up for them.