Twitter helps homeless man find his daughter after 11 years

We've all been witness to the power of Twitter when it comes to worldwide crises like the Haiti earthquake, the Iran elections, or even the more recent Egypt problems, but this story perhaps hits a little bit closer to home.

Daniel Morales, a 58 year old man in New York City was one of four homeless people given a prepaid cellphone and a Twitter account as part of Underheard in New York. The program gave these four different men these technologies to broadcast what it's like being homeless. Morales lost contact with his daughter when she and her mom moved to the United States from Puerto Rico in 2000. But that changed on Wednesday, February 23rd, when Daniel Morales (who has more than 3,000 followers on Twitter) updated his account saying he was looking for his daughter. On Thursday, he posted a picture of her from when she was 16. And by Friday, he was reunited with his daughter after eleven years.

A strange woman who had never been in contact with either Daniel Morales or his daughter, 27 year old Sarah Rivera, saw the picture and found her on Facebook.

Below is a video of Morales receiving the call from his daughter:

Rivera told the CBS NYC local news that "[Twitter] holds a purpose and that purpose is that you can instantly find anybody and it's amazing." While Morales, who called his rekindled relationship "awesome," says he will continue to tweet even though he's been reunited with his daughter and has finally met his grandchildren.

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Kreuger said,
Thats great. Now can they do something more worthwhile for the man like get him off the street?

Yeah, like "I know you're homeless and need a place to stay so that you can get off your feet . . . but we'd rather get you involved in a social experiment where you'll probably remain homeless . . . here's a new cellphone!"

Greatbigdragon said,

Yeah, like "I know you're homeless and need a place to stay so that you can get off your feet . . . but we'd rather get you involved in a social experiment where you'll probably remain homeless . . . here's a new cellphone!"

Obviously, he was compensated for his time, but not every single interaction with a homeless people obligates one to change their life for them.

When you get asked to partake in a survey, do you demand that the survey-creators find you a new house? No you don't, but you can still take the survey.

aw a drug addicted, alcoholic (most likely) homeless guy finds his daughter...wait til the dirty details come out as to why he lost contact...

djnv2010 said,
aw a drug addicted, alcoholic (most likely) homeless guy finds his daughter...wait til the dirty details come out as to why he lost contact...

Wow who peed in your Cheerios?

djnv2010 said,
aw a drug addicted, alcoholic (most likely) homeless guy finds his daughter...wait til the dirty details come out as to why he lost contact...

The world seems unsafe place to inhibit because of more and more peoples like you with all those negative thinkings...

djnv2010 said,
aw a drug addicted, alcoholic (most likely) homeless guy finds his daughter...wait til the dirty details come out as to why he lost contact...

People can become homeless for many reasons.. not just drugs and alcohol.

FarCry3r said,

The world seems unsafe place to inhibit because of more and more peoples like you with all those negative thinkings...
LOL So everybody should think positive and just follow your circus? Unidirectional thinkers. Ha!

By the way, the word you were looking for was "inhabit".

Jebadiah said,
LOL So everybody should think positive and just follow your circus? Unidirectional thinkers. Ha!

By the way, the word you were looking for was "inhabit".


Nope. But at least don't make assumptions, especially bad one when you got nothing to prove.

Oh, sorry for that typo as English was not my first language

Jebadiah said,
LOL So everybody should think positive and just follow your circus? Unidirectional thinkers. Ha!

By the way, the word you were looking for was "inhabit".

Not so fast! I'm sure this fellow would really like to inhibit the world. It takes a lot of positive thinking to do this, and you negative nellies are getting in his way!

this is nice.... I want some credit to be given to this unknown woman who made this possible by tracking both of them down.