Thursday 19 September 2019

Childhood friends successfully reunited by Twitter 12 years after family holiday

Brianna Cry started her search for Heidi after they became friends on a 2006 cruise in Hawaii.

(@briannacry/Twitter)
(@briannacry/Twitter)

By Edd Dracott, Press Association

A childhood friendship has been rekindled 12 years after it began, thanks to tens of thousands of Twitter users.

Student Brianna Cry, 19, tweeted a photo of herself and her friend Heidi together on a cruise in Hawaii, where they met in 2006, asking for people to share it so they can be reunited.

Remarkably, it took just one day for the picture to be shared tens of thousands of times and for Heidi to be found.

Heidi, also a student, replied to Brianna’s tweet with a photo of herself with a family picture from the same cruise, and the caption: “Heard you were looking for me.”

“I was going through old scrapbooks and watching vacation videos and I saw her,” Brianna told the Press Association. “So I was like wow let’s see if Twitter can find her for me and they did!

“It truly is a small world after all.”

Heidi said on Twitter that her friends from school recognised her from the viral post and notified her, adding “I don’t think I changed much in the time span between elementary and middle school.”

Brianna said she and Heidi have been messaging since, talking about “college and life”, and they plan to meet again once they can gather enough funds.

Brianna is from Jackson, Mississippi and goes to Hampton University in Virginia, whilst Heidi is from California.

The pair have turned down offers of money from people wanting to help the pair meet up, and warned that some GoFundMe donation pages set up for that cause are fake.

The story has also inspired other fraudulent claims which are more entertaining than damaging however.

Actor Demetrius Harmon’s tongue-in-cheek post saw him share a photo of himself with a 100 dollar bill, asking for people to retweet to help reunite him with it.

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