A man surreptitiously posted live updates of his 12-hour proposal to his girlfriend on Twitter to an audience of more than 1,500 followers.
Mike Duerksen, from Winnipeg, Canada, sent dozens of tweets with the hashtag #MikeProposes as he live-tweeted his extravagant proposal to his girlfriend Janelle Freed, and gained hundreds of new followers as Twitter users followed his every move on Friday.
Mr Duerksen announced his plans late on Thursday night, tweeting: "Tomorrow I'm proposing to my girlfriend. I'll be using the hashtag #MikeProposes. Follow along! #Winnipeg" He then gave details of his plans and the couple's history, adding: "Yes I think she'll say yes."
Twitter: Mike Duerksen - Now, to address a few questions: Yes, I'm aware it's Friday the 13th. No, she's not on twitter. Yes, I think she'll say yes.
He took her to eight different places in Winnipeg and shared pictures of their day on the social network via Instagram. Hundreds of people followed Mr Duerksen's updates, but Miss Freed had no idea what was in store, as she does not use Twitter herself, describing it as " Facebook for geeks".
“She thinks twitter is a much lamer version of Facebook for geeks. Won't touch it, “ he tweeted.
More than 700 tweets were sent with the #MikeProposes hashtag by other Twitter users. Stephanie Pelley wrote: "I'm not leaving the couch until she says yes."
Twitter: Stephanie Pelley - Don't know who is, but he's live-tweeting his marriage proposal & I'm not leaving the couch until she says yes.
Although his girlfriend did not know of his plans, Mr Duerksen still had to overcome a number of hurdles during the day, including Miss Freed telling him to put his phone away.
Twitter: Mike Duerksen - 1st challenge: J. wants me to get off my phone and focus on our time together.
He also had to surreptitiously tweet his pictures during the day, including one of the wedding ring, posted via Instagram.
His final tweet of the evening revealed a happy ending.