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Social Media Connects Man With Photo Lost on 9/11

The power of social media has reconnected a man with a photo that was once sitting on his desk on the 77th floor of the World Trade Center

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    The power of social media has reconnected a man with a photo that was once sitting on his desk on the 77th floor of the World Trade Center.

    A friend of Elizabeth Stringer Keefe found the photo at ground zero, just a few weeks after 9/11.

    Keefe, an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Education at Lesley University, and a PhD candidate at Boston College, posted the photo to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on the anniversary of the attacks for years, hoping to find the people in the picture alive and well.

    Each year, the photo got more shares, more retweets, and more likes.

    "Every year I go dig it out," Keefe told the Boston Globe over the phone on Friday. "I've been posting it for years, and it's literally never gone anywhere."

    By Friday night, the day after the 13th anniversary of 9/11, the people in the wedding party were identified, and none of them were victims of the attacks, like Keefe feared.

    The man on the far left of the photo, Fred Mahe, contacted Keefe. The picture belonged to the former New York City resident. He said the photo was taken in Aspen, Colorado, in 2001.

    "The picture was at my desk in the World Trade Center, Tower Two, on the 77th floor," said Mahe in a Facebook message to Boston Magazine. "The picture has been kept safe by [Keefe] for the last 13 years."

    Mahe said he was not at work on 9/11, telling Boston Magazine he "thankfully never got a chance to go up to my office."

    Hundreds of thousands of people shared the photo.