BY: ALEXANDER PIERPOINT
"We met online." This phrase is one that many feel self conscious about opening up their story with, because it usually conjures up images of e-harmony, tinder, and the oh-so-entertaining hit Catfish, but for Becca and I, it wasn’t any of these. The fact that we met online is something we proudly tell people because it’s an amazing part of our story.
When Socality first launched and there was massive following spree as everyone was posting their “I am #Socality” portraits, Becca and I followed each other and thought nothing of it. I can’t speak for her, but I quickly took a notice to her awesome feed, beautiful hand lettering, and the fact that she happened to be an attractive, creative, blonde haired, big green eyed young lady.
At first we would just offer little comments back and forth, but once I followed her on twitter and got a little more of a glimpse into her humor and graphic design, I was hooked. The only problem was, why would this random cool girl from Columbus, Ohio have any interest in me, a random guy from Eugene, Oregon. Luckily I was proven wrong when she messaged me! (She likes to take credit for being the first one to initiate anything, but that’s just a technicality.)
We texted for a week, talked on the phone for another week, and after two weeks of constant communication, we Skyped for the first time and I went out on a limb. I basically said that I knew it sounded crazy, but there was something special about her, and that the distance between us wasn’t going to stop me from pursuing her. Lucky for me, she reciprocated the feelings, and we decided that we needed to meet!
I flew to Ohio, and for the sake of time I’ll just tell you that it was one of the best weeks ever, and by the end of it, we had bought her plane tickets to spend the summer in Oregon! She did, and it was amazing. With circumstances changing, we ended up deciding to relocate back to Columbus. It’s been a wild ride, and we’re still enjoying every minute of exploring life and growing closer together.
Social media is what initially connected us and brought us together, and it continues to play an exciting role in our story. We’ve met countless friends, and visited countless locations, and heard countess stories because of social media; specifically Socality. Platforms like Instagram and Twitter get a lot of flack and skepticism for being trivial, shallow, or for when people use them to promote hate or complain or bring others down. It doesn’t have to be that way. I think that me and Becca don’t have a problem telling people how we met because we view it as an opportunity to show how Social media can be redeemed as a way of connecting, sharing, and maybe even falling in love, with those who you otherwise might never have met, and that’s something exciting and that should be celebrated.
Follow Becca (@annebecca) and Alexander's (@alexanderpierpoint) journey on #firstdateohio.
And congratulations to another couple that got engaged at the last Socality Live event (#firstsocalityengagement) - Royce (@r2roycerull) and Krista (@kreesta7), who are tying the knot on February 28th! Follow their story at #weRULLwedding.
Happy Valentine's Day from Socality! We love you! Show some love to those that mean the most to you today (and everyday).