Facebook Post Goes Viral Leading to Girl Finding Birth Mother
A 21-year-old Utah woman, Jenessa Simons, has apparently found her birth mother just three days after she posted a photo of herself holding her birth information on a poster board on Facebook. She asked her followers to share the post and it was then shared more than 124,000 times.
The Facebook appeal quickly went viral and soon Jenessa was in touch with a woman who attended high school with who she thought were Jenessa’s birth parents, who were both 16 when she was born. The classmate then passed the information along to Jenessa’s alleged birth mother, who then sent Jenessa a message on Facebook.
I find this quite amusing because, in my experience, Facebook is generally used for making trouble rather than making real human connections. When I think of Facebook, I think of old flames reconnecting and splitting up marriages or people drudging up their past and regressing. In my opinion, Facebook is usually like opening a can of worms, 20 years after you forgot that the can was even there or that it was filled to the brim with words. Facebook is where smart people with too much time on their hands go to unnecessarily seek out trouble and mess up their lives. However, in this case, Facebook seems to be a miracle where an abandoned child can go to find their birth parents, which is kind of nice.
Jenessa and her alleged birth mother have now made contact and are getting to know one another. Her birth mother even sent her photos of Jenessa as a baby that were sent to her birth mother by her adoptive mother.
I’ve heard that technology is a miracle and I know, first hand, that the Internet makes the world a much smaller world than it once was but this is incredible. Just imagine how fast information is being spread on the Internet. Even more shocking to me is that even after all these new algorithms on Facebook and status updates and information getting shared with less and less people, it truly is a miracle that anyone at all saw Jenessa’s post, never mind the high school friend of her birth parents who still had the ability to actually get in touch with them. This is truly social media at its best.
Have you managed to get in touch with someone you might otherwise have never found through social media?
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