The Twitter Proposal: Good or Bad?
In this age of instant communication, social networking and increasingly brief messages, it seems inevitable that Twitter would eventually become a vehicle for marriage proposals. In fact, tweeting has now become one of the most popular online means of popping the big question.
Rumor has it that the first recorded tweetposal was logged back in 2008 when a social media-savvy lovebird named Max Kiesler tweeted a simple message to Emily Chang in front of the entire Twitter-verse: WILL YOU MARRY ME? Luckily, the young lady responded that she’d be happy to spend the rest of her geek life with him. Shortly thereafter, a young man tweetposed to his girlfriend of 15 blissful years. Maybe he was just waiting for the right technology to come along. No one is quite certain which proposal came first, as some accounts are private, but the platform’s popularity as a vehicle for this all-important question has been proven by the burgeoning numbers of celebs making this once very private moment into the ultimate public display. It’s easy to imagine that a negative answer would be massively embarrassing.
Tweetposals are cropping up more and more in the news. In late 2012, LA Ink star Kat Von D and on-again-off-again boyfriend DJ Deadmau5 were betrothed via a tweetposal that even included a photo of the engagement ring. On the political front, Senator Mark Warner helped out with a heartwarming Twitter proposal, and in the land of reality TV, Teen Mom Maci got a short, sweet online proposal from her tweetie-pie, Ryan.
The creative minds of the wedding industry lost no time jumping on the tweetposal bandwagon, and one website even offers up the opportunity to immortalize your 140-character Twitter proposal with an engraved platinum or titanium ring. The Twitter proposal trend fits in nicely with the burgeoning multibillion-dollar wedding industry and the modern-day need to outdo each other in every possible way. Whatever the reason, the tweetposal is doubtlessly here to stay.
As to whether the trend is good or bad, that probably depends on your point of view. Young people who grew up communicating online may feel like it’s a fun way to share the moment of popping the big question with all their friends, while geographically separated couples may find that the tweetposal best fits with their long-distance romance. Certainly one upside of the virtual proposal is that you can side-step the nerve-ridden face-to-face pressure and take your time figuring out exactly what to say.
Though the tweetposal may carry a certain hip geekiness, it lacks the charm and intimacy of face-to-face contact. As we carry on more parts of our lives online, it seems that an in-person proposal, accompanied by a kiss and maybe a few tears of joy, is still the most special way to ask the person you love to spend the rest of her life with you.