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How Twitter + Foursquare + Qik fuelled an amazing marriage proposal

Whisking your other half off to Paris to ask for her hand in marriage? Old hat. Getting the stadium announcer at Wembley to read your proposal over the tannoy? So dated. Luring her to a park via Twitter and Foursquare to pop the question while a mate streams it live on Qik? NOW we’re talking…

Matt Van Horn is the man who had the plan. As a business development exec at Digg, he clearly felt the need to make his proposal impressively high-tech, using several social apps. He explains the methodology:

“Once I got the signal that she was there, I checked into Bernal Heights Park via Foursquare which shouted the URL to the live stream on Qik, which automatically synced to my Twitter and Facebook accounts. I knew Lauren received my tweets via text message on her phone, so I asked her to turn around as I proposed!”

Both Matt and Lauren’s families had been emailed the Qik URL half an hour before, so they were all watching. Thank goodness, she said yes. Can you imagine if she hadn’t?

Still, Van Horn has successfully set the bar high for anyone else considering a high-tech proposal. How about offering a virtual ring in Farmville, while popping the question via live FaceTime video, to a soundtrack provided by that piano guy on Chatroulette? Just a thought.


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