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Cyber Love Story – Marsha and Curt

Marsha and CurtDigital love. It comes in many flavors and varieties. We’ve got traditional online dating sites, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Skype, and the list goes on.

This week, my dear friends Marsha Collier and Curt Buthman became engaged. Marsha, a bestselling author living in Los Angeles, met Curt, a business consultant who resided in North Carolina on Twitter in October of 2010. Marsha shared her excitement about her new Twitter love and the two were scheduled to meet IRL at BlogWorld, a social media conference in Las Vegas. Fortunately, I was there to cheer the two on and witness the power of social media and romantic relationships first hand.

The two were lucky and excited to see that their online chemistry transferred to an exciting offline connection. They stayed in touch via Skype every night as their relationship continued to develop.

When the holidays arrived two months later, Curt decided to fly to Los Angeles to see how the two would mesh in Marsha’s home town. After two weeks together, Curt knew it was perfect. He was hooked.

Curt moved to Los Angeles two months later and the two have been inseparable for the past two years.

Curt realized that Twitter was a big part of their lives. Marsha is the host of the #custserv twitter chat on Tuesday evenings and the two regularly chat on Twitter. Curt decided Twitter and social media needed to be a part of his proposal. On the day he decided to propose to Marsha, he sent several of us a private message on Facebook to let us know that he would be proposing at 6:45pm using the Twitter hashtag of #willyoumarryme during her weekly #custserv chat.

At 6:45pm, the loving tweet was sent. Curt popped the digital Q on Twitter.

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In his associated Vine video Curt said, Marsha. I love you so much. Will you marry me, please please?

Curt held up an engagement ring, which was a family heirloom. His Twitter and Vine marriage proposal went viral.

Many of Marsha’s followers waited patiently for her to accept.

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Curt apologized for disrupting Marsha’s Twitter #custserv chat.

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Finally, Marsha said Yes! Their Vine marriage proposal on Twitter has gone viral.

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Congratulations to Marsha and Curt, our Cyber Love Story of the Week who will ride into the digital sunset together.

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Cyber Love Story of the Week – Christina and Grant

Cyber Love Story of the Week

Twitter love. Is it a new fad or here to stay?

Meet Christina and Grant. Read how they memorialized their love within 140 characters.

Christina, a technology and film journalist, met Grant in 2007. Grant was a part-time writer and full time software developer. They were working together as hosts and producers of a video podcast distributed by AOL titled “The Squadcast.”

“We had fantastic chemistry on camera, and it was honest — that same easy comfort between us existed off camera as well”, says Grant. That chemistry took a while to reach a boil, but in March of 2008 the pair began dating.

The couple was an instant hit. “I can’t imagine a more perfect mate.”, Grant explains, “I know it’s cliche but, Christina for me was like finding the missing piece to the jigsaw puzzle.” Christina adds, “Grant is my soulmate. I think I knew he was the one, deep down, long before we started dating.”

A little less than a year later, while Christina was away covering Macworld,? Grant popped the question via Twitter.

With both being early social-media adopters, news of the Twitter proposal spread like wildfire among the couple’s friends and colleagues. Christina recalls, “It was really nice to share my engagement with both my colleagues in San Francisco and with my friends and family all over the world — in real-time.”

Although “The Squadcast” ended production and Christina has since left AOL to join the juggernaut social media blog Mashable as a staff writer, the couple are still going strong. Christina and Grant plan to tie the knot in 2010.

Congratulations to Christina and Grant, true techies who prove that twitter love is alive and well.

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