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Have You Ever Found a Lost Friend on the Internet?

One of USA Today's blogs recently featured an article, "Find Lost Friends Using the Internet" that got me thinking about how Internet communities have reshaped communication and reconnecting with old friends and acquaintances.

When MySpace and Facebook first launched, all my friends told me the same thing: I love it because I got back in touch with so many people I thought I would never see or talk to again. That idea is perfectly understandable — millions of people started signing up for social-networking communities at once and reaching out to old childhood and college friends (and even even near strangers they had interacted with at one point or another). For example, my sister found the guy that works at the video store near her house on MySpace! It seems this phenomenon of reconnecting with past friends online is now a regular part of the digital landscape.


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MsMO MsMO 9 years
I love it! I feel sad for who ever actually pays for those reunion sites. I wont mention companies, we know who they are. No more middle man!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i found a bunch of people from my high school, junior high and even some people i knew when i lived in Houston when i was 8! what good is it though?! i wrote them a quick message, they wrote back the usual "what i've been up to" kind of thing - but i don't plan on meeting them or anything so yeah, what is the point? i'm satisfied with the friends i have now. maybe we lost touch for a reason?! some of my cousins are on facebook so i may write them but that is all, really.
kedawen kedawen 9 years
Yep! I found my best friend since kindergarten on Facebook; we had lost touch after I moved away and I was thrilled to find him again. Also, very randomly a friend of mine from 8th grade (that moved away after 8th) found me on MySpace, and we've reconnected! He's in Germany now, and I was surprised to hear about all he's done since junior high. :) I'm searching for another particular friend, but he's not the type to do all these online communities, I'm afraid.
LoLa-The-Great LoLa-The-Great 9 years
Yeah, I've found couple of my old friends through Myspace and Facebook...the only good thing that comes out of these websites.
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 9 years
i found my best friend from elementary school on facebook! it was awesome = )
radarkitty radarkitty 9 years
I have found about 90% of my old high school friends on myspace. I've found old boyfriends on myspace. I look up some of the moms and dads from my kids school on there too. It's amazing what you find! I love it!
anabj anabj 9 years
i found my best friend from my foreing exchange student year in US, looking for her in google. She was from Brazil. I got her icq number and we exchanged messages for a while, but suddenly a couple of years ago I stopped having news from her. I still send her messages to her hotmail account but no answer. I hope it is she is just too busy. I would like to know she is ok.
Neuroticone Neuroticone 9 years
I found some of my friends but not sure if i should contact them.
heineken67 heineken67 9 years
I've reconnected with former friends, but we rarely communicate after the initial excitement.
girlygirly girlygirly 9 years
yess .. I found my childhood friend :)
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
I haven't found anyone I really want to reconnect with, but some people I purposely stopped being friends with in like, jr. high have added me on MySpace. Meh, whatever. It's harmless.
verily verily 9 years
I've reconnected with a lot of people via MySpace.
alltherage alltherage 9 years
found lots of people from my childhood on facebook
Zaianne Zaianne 9 years
Yes I have totally got in contact with a lot of my childhood friends through online social networks, but the best is definitely getting in touch with one of my grade school classmate. We started talking and realized how much we had in common, and now we've been dating for over 6 months now.
millarci millarci 9 years
I found a few friends via myspace from high school. We reconnected but just to see how each of us were doing.
Megatron Megatron 9 years
I found two of my great friends from when I was stationed overseas on MySpace. One lives in VA, the other in IL, and I live in CA, so no reunions.
Michelle14717562 Michelle14717562 9 years
Absolutely. My best friend from high school and I haven't seen each other in 22 years, since he left for the Air Force after graduating. He found me on MySpace in October and we've seen each other 3 times since and he was there for as support when my gramma died at Christmas. I think having the technology and online social networks available for this reunion to occur is wonderful.
SugarKat SugarKat 9 years
I found a friend from elementary school who I lived next to while I was very little. We've reconnected and now we both have families and small children and are getting to be much better friends. Thanks, Myspace!
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
I remember when Friendster was the place to be but it wasn't really working out, then I made the switch to Myspace and within maybe 2-3months (back when it was just starting out) I had reconnected with most of my high school class! Now that its everywhere I have found some of my friends from Middle School and Elementary School that I had lost contact with... its really been a wonderful thing :)
JessLehry JessLehry 9 years
I've reconnected with my best friend from kindergarten that i hadn't seen in over 10 years via myspace! it was cool to see what she is now up to in her life!
traciepwns traciepwns 9 years
There a friend of mine that moved away after 2nd grade and I had always wondered what had happened to him. So one day, I decided to see if I could find him. After doing a bit of searching I got in contact with him through MySpace and then 20 years after the last time I saw him, we decided to meet up for coffee :) It was so great to find out what he had done with his life.
mf mf 9 years
i think that's one of the great things about the web :) especially if you're a military or faculty or diplomat brat like me, or any other kid who moved around alot, it's such a wonderful way to stay in touch with old friends and people from your community!
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
Yes I found my junior high school BFF on Facebook, it was nice to see what she was up to, I send her a line every once and a while but we're not friends. I thought we were going to reconnect and stuff but it seems like we are two different people now that we're grown, which is alright.
Performita Performita 9 years
We had a terrible war in my country around 15 years ago. Most of my friends left the country looking for peace and education worldwide. One of them is in Canada now, and we reconnected thanks to the internet. She just typed my name in google and found my e-mail in a second, because I am very internet active :) I did the same for other friends and found some in Britain, Italy and some are still here, I just did not know which town :D now I know
Dollylo Dollylo 9 years
I've found one of my childhood friend and now we speak every week by email! ;) We share pics and talk about our life. That's so cool to be connected again and we plan to see each other as soon as possible! ;)
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