Whether he writes a poem, sings a song or proposes on one knee, when the love of a woman’s life makes a grand romantic gesture, she’s over the moon. But in this day and age, some guys don't want to settle for traditional romance. In gallant efforts of one-upsmanship, men have begun using viral videos and social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare to shout their love from the virtual rooftop. Here are eight over-the-top examples of men taking to new media in thoughtfully amorous ways.
Greg, a Cincinnati-based engineer, was dating Dana, an NFL cheerleader, who was a huge Groupon fan. So much so, that in January 2011, the website helped him stage the "Grouposal" of her dreams. Titled "A Surprise for a Dana from a Greg," the offer was a $999,999 marriage for just $1. The fine print read: "Nontransferable. Groupon entitled to no less than 15% of your marital bliss. Either party may develop a snoring problem. One or both participants will not always look like a 20-year-old." When the deal went live, she saw it and happily clicked "buy." The site toasted the couple by giving them one Groupon every month for an entire year.
Sometimes simplicity is best. That’s what one guy had in mind when he took to the Internet to propose in December 2010. Egged on by his mom — who was proposed to over a sink full of dishes — to do something more creative, he asked his Web-obsessed girlfriend, Breeze, in one of the most public ways possible — via a Facebook status update. Fortunately, she said yes! Now that’s a status anyone could like.
3. Viral Video
4. iPhone Commercial
6. Twitter/Foursquare/Qik Live Stream
Wanting to make a lasting impression (and probably to get in good with his future in-laws), Matt Van Horn of Digg.com decided to live-stream his August 2010 proposal to girlfriend, Lauren, for all of their loved ones to watch. To avoid ruining the surprise, he had a friend take her to their favorite spot overlooking San Francisco, where he hooked up a Qik video stream to his Foursquare and Twitter accounts. Lauren, who had her phone with her, got a text just in time to turn around and see him there on his knees, ring in hand.
7. Flash Mob
8. Google Maps
After proposing to his girlfriend Leslie at home in August 2008, Google employee Michael Weiss-Malik decided he needed to add some "pizzazz" to their engagement. So he used his connections to stage a Google Street View proposal, dubbed Proposal 2.0. Standing outside Google's Mountain View, Calif., offices with a sign that read, "Proposal 2.0: Marry Me Leslie!!", he popped the question a second time, receiving another heartfelt "Yes!"
This article originally appeared on WomansDay.com and is republished here with permission.
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