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If you've ever been (legally) stalking someone on social media, as we all do, and wondered whether you should send them a message, this story might give you that nudge over the line.
While Hollywood movies usually depict the 'Boy Meets Girl' scenario in a bar or club or supermarket, this love story starts on Twitter. Some people reckon social media can be a cesspit of human depravity, but it clearly has some benefits, at least for Ben Axelrod and Torey Statchowicz.
A little more than three years ago, Torey sent a message to her wannabe husband on Twitter, saying: "I want to go on a date with @BenAxelrod."
He hilariously asked whether she was paying for their first meal and then said she could pick the restaurant as long has it had chicken fingers on the menu. The WKYC Channel 3 sportswriter and personal trainer clearly hit it off and they started dating like a normal couple.
Fast forward to 2018 and Ben chucks up a sly message on Twitter, saying: "I want to marry @toreydanae." Two minutes later he uploads a photo of him on one knee with Torey looking understandably shooketh.
I bent the knee. She said yes! pic.twitter.com/nVwPHtpxOx
- Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) February 11, 2018
The tweet has been liked and shared thousands of times, with people congratulating the couple on their awesome engagement.
ayyyyeeeee congrats you two! Well done, Ben! pic.twitter.com/t1g14OEX1B
- Eric Seger (@EricSeger33) February 11, 2018
- Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) February 11, 2018
To think that their upcoming wedding was sparked by an innocent tweet is pretty amazing and should give anyone wanting to find The One some inspiration. Sure, there probably won't be a Hollywood film about the couple that found love on Twitter, but that's the age we live in these days.
It's reminiscent of the relationship sparked between tennis star Eugenie Bouchard and John Goehrke, who got together after a cheeky tweet during the Super Bowl last year. The Canadian confidently posted on Twitter that she 'knew' the Atlanta Falcons would win and John asked if she'd go on a date with him if they lost.
When the Falcons did eventually lose, the tennis player humbly honoured her bet and the pair went to a basketball game.
Eugenie told the Yes Network: "I'm in New York City for Sports Illustrated which came out this morning and I thought why not make the date happen sooner rather than later, there's a Nets game tonight.
"I think it would be a great date idea, probably a less awkward than a one-on-one dinner since I didn't know John."
It's not actually clear whether they're dating or just really good friends, but it's another reminder that social media can actually bring you closer to people.
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