03. 24. 2008
Twitter proposals: the next big thing?
If Friends taught us anything, it's that broke New York twenty-somethings have lives of unparalled luxury, and proposing via a big screen is really old hat. Instead, the hot new way to propose is over free micro-blogging facility Twitter.
Last week, Wired reported on what they thought was the first ever Twitter proposal, popped by web designer Max Keisler to his girlfriend Emily Chang in the early hours of Thursday morning. Twitter limits messages to just 140 characters, including spaces, so the tech-minded romantics had to be quick. Max's proposal of marriage read:
"To @emilychang - After fifteen years of blissful happiness I would like to ask for your hand in marriage?"
"@maxkiesler - yes, i do," was the short and sweet reply. (I'd be too jittery to capitalise, too!)
Later Wired reader Stephanie Sullivan told the site that her fiance Greg Rewis actually got there first, with the following exchange on March 2nd:
"@stefsull - ok. for the rest of the twitter-universe (and this is a first, folks) - WILL YOU MARRY ME?"
Sullivan's reply: "@garazi - OMG - Ummmmm... I guess in front of the whole twitter-verse I'll say -- I'd be happy to spend the rest of my geek life with you."
Rewis agrees with me and the Friends crew about big screens, by the way, saying, "Screw Times Square! THIS, my friends, is the way to propose to a beautiful, wonderful woman!"
I guess the popularity of Web 2.0 made it inevitable that people would start using it to make public their most personal public declarations of affection. But a word to the wise: no-one wants to read your honeymoon Twitters, 'mmkay?