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Friday, October 7, 2005

Proposing Via Search

Barry Schwartz proposed to Yisha Tversky in a quite unusual way by making use of Ask Jeeves. He had her search for her name, Yisha Tversky, and above the search results was an image and the line: “Yisha, Will You Marry Me?” (It helps that Barry’s a search engine blogger at Search Engine Roundtable, and Jim Lanzone and the Ask Jeeves team tweaked the results a little.)

The search result is still available at this moment (here’s a screenshot if not), and a work-in-progress mini site documents the proposal.

How did Barry get this proposal idea? In his own words:

Billboard on Highway... Airplane with Banner... Blimp over Park... Sports Stadium Announcement...

I wanted to come up with something original, something that no one ever did before, something bigger [than] all the ideas mentioned above, something that was me, something that took effort and would mean something to Yisha. It was bugging me that I couldn’t figure it out but then one morning, when I was getting out of bed the idea struck me. I thought to myself, “Why not Ask Jeeves?”

In case you wonder: she said yes!

[Via Nathan Weinberg.]


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