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Twitter: Social Networking Tool, AND Also Good For Dating written by Kim-Lan Tran

Posted By Rebecca Eckler on July 1, 2011

Tagged: Kim-Lan Tran, Rave

Initially, I thought the whole concept of Twitter was completely stupid. Who would want to hear about my constant updates? Why would I care to listen about others’ updates? I vowed to never join, well, that was until I made a little friendly wager with an ex-boyfriend of mine to see who could obtain the most followers.

Of course we were dating when he had convinced me to join, he was heavily involved with social media and PR, and he thought Twitter was the new wave that we should join.

I quickly created an account, just tweeting about nothing, adding few people here and there. Months later my network grew, I was mostly interested in getting more followers but I grew to enjoy getting to know new individuals. Months later my ex-boyfriend and I thankfully broke up, but I kept using Twitter.

At this point I had a couple hundred followers, and was following a similar amount. I realized that when used properly Twitter becomes an amazing tool. Guess it wasn’t as stupid as I had thought.

Initially it started with conversations, then give-aways, eventually I found a discounted hotel for my birthday downtown from a Twitter friend. Things progressed; I was offered job interviews, contraband Girl Guide cookies, free frozen yogurt gift cards— My god, I loved Twitter.

Then as we had it I tweeted about wanting to do my MBA, I was curious to see what others felt about a handful of schools I was interested in.  As I expected a couple of friends responded, and most importantly a man I had never talked to gave me his input.

He had recently graduated from studying his MBA a year or two prior and happened to be the former president of the class.  I thought that this would be a great opportunity to get to know the school better, and sure enough the both of us were exchanging message after message.

The following day he offered me his number; he wanted me to be able to contact him should I have any additional questions.  So our messages became a bombardment of texts and by the end of the 2nd day I thought that this guy was a lot of fun and I’d like to get to know him better. When I asked him to “hangout” he replied, “Wow asking me out on a date already? At least let me call you first”.  I didn’t quite know how to reply to that so I happily agreed. That night we spoke on the phone for 4 hours and set up a date for the following evening.

Needless to say we both had the most amazing date of our lives and here we are, months upon months later, happy to have been signed up on Twitter.

Any other couples out there who met on Twitter?

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Aside from being in an extremely happy relationship with both the founder of dazzle.me and crunching numbers, Kim enjoys staying active with running, swimming, and eating! She’s a small woman with huge attitude. You can follow her rants and opinions @kimmeridge.

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