New Zealand Man Uses Enormous Facebook Campaign to Track Down Girl He Met on NYE; It Goes Well

The two bonded, and they'd go on to drink and dance till 6 a.m., at which point the girl, Katie, found her friends, left Reese with a cell phone photo, and told him, “Find me.”

Now most people would chalk that interaction up to… drinking. But not Reese! Reese took the information he had—a picture of Katie and the knowledge that she lived in D.C.—and started a social media campaign. Thousands of people searched for Katie through Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere. “I think this time of year people have hope for the magic [of Christmas],” Reese told media outlets, when he was asked why he had started a “find Katie” Facebook group. “Somewhere along the line my romantic soul went silent, and this is a step towards putting that right,”

Obviously, Katie was found. 4,000 people were looking for her! And the two plan to reunite in Hong Kong to ring in 2014, and maybe—just maybe—start a future together.

Hahahahaha, just kidding. She's deleted all of her social media accounts.

From the Daily Mail:

Reese has now revealed that online sleuths did, indeed, find her. And they mobbed her with so many messages that she deleted every single one of her social media accounts within hours. 

'The Facebook thing was getting out of hand. They were starting to infringe on other people. They tracked down every Katie in the DC area, which is a bit much,' Mr McKee, from Wellington, told the New Zealand Herald. 

'We found the girl. She is from DC, she's not there at the moment, but she's sorta taken all her public profiles offline for a little bit.'


So in the future: Maybe… don't enlist thousands of anonymous Internet strangers in your quest to find a girl? I mean, the concept of a “private life” barely exists anymore, but if someone can't make a drunken statement at 6 a.m. without receiving international attention, what good is New Year's Eve anyway? 

Anyway, now would be a good time to also mention that life, unfortunately, is not a Love, Actually plot line. And that the Internet is terrifyingly good at facilitating loons.

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