CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- There are one billion active users on Facebook.
About one month ago, one of those users, Clell Barnette Jackson, got a message from an uncle he didn't know he had.
Tim Jackson, of Birch River in Nicholas County, sent Clell, 37, a message on Facebook after his nephew, Joshua, asked him about a stepbrother he had heard about before but didn't know anything about.
Joshua, 33, is the son of Larry Jackson, of Birch River. Larry is also Clell's father.
Before the Facebook messages and then numerous phone conversations, Larry and Clell had never met before, let alone spoke to each other.
Larry said he had a rocky relationship with Clell's mother, Rose Gregg, who died a month ago. The couple split up before Clell was born.
"We didn't know how to start looking for Clell and I told them what she was supposed to name him and that's when they found him [on Facebook]," Larry said. "I've often wondered about him, if he was really out there. After I saw some of his pictures on Facebook I knew he was my son. He favors my other son, Josh."
Clell moved from North Carolina to California two years ago to get married.
The father and son met for the first time just after 11:30 p.m. Friday night at Yeager Airport in Charleston.
Clell said before he got off the plane he felt nervous.
Larry said his wife Iva recognized his son before he did.
When he saw his father for the first time ever, the two just stared at each other, Clell said.
"I said, 'Is that really him?' We didn't recognize each other until we were right next to each other," Clell recalled. "First we looked at each other then we hugged and said, 'It's nice to finally meet.'"