Jim Morris of Kendal, expressed delight yesterday as he was finally able to see how Wojtek Skrwpecki, an ex-colleague’s father-in-law’s brother in Poland, was getting on these days, thanks to a friend suggestion on social networking website Facebook.
“You know how it is,” said Jim, “you promise to keep in touch with someone you worked with five years ago, but you get busy, make new friends and acquaintances, and hardly ever think about the fact they once mentioned they had a wife whose father’s brother lived in Poland. It’s sad really, but thanks to Facebook, this kind of tragedy can be avoided.” Now, Morris is enjoying the chance to follow his ex-colleague’s father-in-law’s brother’s progress in “Name the 1980s Solidarity leader” quizzes, see pictures of his family barbecues featuring other member’s of Jim’s ex-colleague’s wife’s father’s extended family, and enjoy Mr Skrwpecki’s regular status updates in Polish.
Mr Skrwpecki was equally enthused about the power of the social networking site to bring people together. “Say what you like about technology, but being able to keep in touch with my brother’s daughter’s husband’s ex-colleague, even though he’s never been to Poland, well it’s a miracle of the modern age”, he said.