Anyone who has signed on Facebook in the past few weeks has likely noticed their friends and family sharing a certain type of post. Thanks to some notable cases where people were able to find their biological parents or long-lost siblings, everyone is using the web and social media in particular to try to locate people.
One of the most recent stories to make the rounds on social networks is that of Samantha Futerman, a blogger and actress. Samantha had lived in blissful ignorance for the past 25 years, but a message earlier this year turned the American’s world upside down. A young French woman of the same age and with similar features messaged her via Facebook, because she had discovered they shared the same birthday and were both adopted.
Ms. Futerman has never been shy about adoption. Although she loved her adopted parents, she had participated in videos such as the aptly-titled “How It Feels to Be Adopted,” which is available on her YouTube channel. In the video, Samantha discusses being of South Korean descent and living in New Jersey.
Anaïs Bordier was also adopted, shortly after watching Samantha Futerman’s video is when she noticed their stunning similarities. She then did some investigating only to suspect that Samantha might be her twin. Anais sent a friendly Facebook message to the then-stranger explaining her situation. While she didn’t want to come off as paranoid or too forward, Bordier found it too intriguing to pass up.
The pair have yet to meet, but they’re definitely planning on it. They’ve started a crowd-funded project to help them meet and film their experiences together as they discover whether or not they actually are twin sisters. Perhaps their documentary could include footage of them entering DNA testing labs for a Twin Zygosity DNA test.
The project asked for $30,000, which the two have already surpassed. Samantha plans to travel to London and visit her potential sister. She also plans on taking film equipment with her to document her trip. The duo hopes to hire a talented editor to put together existing photos and videos with the shots they’ll take in a meaningful way.
Whether or not the pair actually are twins, there’s no doubt that each has a fantastic new friend and a story that will entertain their future children for years to come. The Internet is in a buzz over this story. Many users have replied with sentiments about how touching they found the stories. People who have had success finding their siblings through the years have given the two young women some helpful advice.
There’s no doubt that the proclivity of Internet users to share content has helped people like Samantha and Anais make discoveries even when they weren’t looking for anything, and it’s unlikely that theirs will be the last story you read.
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