Here is the story of a man who tweeted a marriage proposal to his girlfriend. Mike Duerksen is his name, and creativity is his game. The lucky girl’s name is Janelle Freed. Photos and background information is here. Despite false news reports, he is not the first person ever to use Twitter for proposing marriage. Someone else beat him by a week which you can see in the video at the bottom.
Janelle is a beautiful girl with dirty blond hair and a gorgeous smile. He just looks like a geek but what would one expect from someone using social media to solicit a new wife?
True to form, Twitter’s 128 character limit was not enough for such a historic occasion. Mike did not send just one tweet, but instead set up an elaborate 12-hour date with his future wife that was followed by his friends and family all day long. They went to multiple locations together, with Duerksen tweeting what they were doing. Janelle did not suspect a thing until he popped the question.
Janelle Freed does not have a Twitter account so Mike was freely tweeting to his heart’s content without her getting wind of the wedding proposal operation. You can follow the entire thread here
Background: Janelle met Mike at a technical conference in Paraguay in 1999 and they hit it right off. At the end of the conference, he returned to his native Winnepeg, Canada (go Jets!), and she went back to Pennsylvania where she is from. Over the next two years they kept in touch via skype and text messages. Then in 2011 he finally got her. She moved to Winnepeg to be with the man she loves.
Freed graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in Collegetown, Pennsylvania, class of 2011. She is a smart cookie who made the Dean’s ListJanelle loves board games and card games and can even play a little hockey, which as you know is the way to a Canadian man’s heart. She also is quite religious and has given lectures in following Jesus.
Mike’s gag started on Thursday April 12th with the following tweet on his personal twitter account:
Tomorrow I’m proposing to my girlfriend. I’ll be using the hashtag #MikeProposes. Follow along! #Winnipeg
You can find his regular Twitter account here.
Then everyone in the world who wanted to follow along with the spectacle were able to find his tweets with the new hashtag. He set up a date with her for the following day on Friday (yes, Friday the 13th), where they would eventually make 8 different stops. First thing in the morning he humorously tweeted the start of their big day together:
1st challenge: J. wants me to get off my phone and focus on our time together. #MikeProposes
He continued to tweet about their day including finally a trip to the jewelry store where he popped the question and bought her the ring of her dreams. As humanity held our collective breath, the final tweet satisfied everyone’s fondest dreams and aspirations:
Folks, she said yes! #MikeProposes
“Will you marry me?” has never felt quite the same way, and perhaps never will again.
We do not know when the happy couple will be married as they have not set a wedding date yet. Rest assured, however, you will be the first to know via Twitter!
Now we ask you to comment but include an answer to this question: What has never been done in a Twitter tweet?
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Video of First Twitter Marriage Propsal