8 romantic gestures that got a boost from social networking
See how men have used new technology in the name of love.
Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 03:11 PM
LIVE-STREAM IT: Matt Van Horn of Digg.com live-streamed his proposal to girlfriend Lauren.
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
When Walter C. May's girlfriend moved away for graduate school, they faced two years of a long distance relationship. So what did he do? He didn't drown his sorrows in a pint of ice cream, that's for sure. Instead, in November 2010, he enlisted the help of his band, the Daylights, to write her a love song. Titling it "I Hope This Gets to You," he posted the video on YouTube in the hopes it would go viral. The video was a huge hit online — even singer Katy Perry re-tweeted it — and with his girlfriend, when she eventually saw it.
4. iPhone Commercial
According to his YouTube page, Chad's girlfriend, Vy, was always asking him to write her a love song. Instead, he decided to produce an entire music video, which resembled an iPhone commercial. It took nearly four months to finish. Once it was complete, he convinced a local movie theater to run it as a preview before a showing of "Going the Distance." It took Vy a minute, but once she figured it out, she began to cry as Chad got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife. After she agreed, two friends surprised her with roses. Talk about a romance made for Hollywood!
With his dry wit, good looks and charm, the Old Spice guy (Isaiah Mustafa) became an instant YouTube sensation when he started answering questions from Twitter users. One of his best videos came in August 2010, when Johannes S. Beals (Twitter handle @Jsbeals) asked him: "Can U Ask my girlfriend to marry me? Her name is Angela A. Hutt-Chamberlin." Mustafa graciously complied. During his (hilariously) romantic proposal, he set the stage … er, mood, with candles and a prop ring. According to Mashable.com, @Jsbeals tweeted mere hours later: "SHE SAID YES!!!!"
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
What could be more romantic than your boyfriend proposing on a beautiful spring day in New York City? Your boyfriend proposing on a beautiful spring day in New York City with a flash mob! When a slow song started playing at Washington Square Park in May 2010, several dancing couples surrounded the pair. Just as she realized something was up, her man dropped down on one knee and asked for her hand. Once she said yes, the party really got started as the dancers picked up the pace to the Ray Charles song "Hallelujah, I Love Her So," and did an entire coordinated routine as they followed the happy couple out of the park.
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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