The “poke” is one of Facebook’s most-cryptic features, but for Steve Kawalit and Nafis Joon, a simple poke seven years ago was the catalyst for their recent engagement.
It’s a love story for the social media generation: He pushes the poke button in 2007, giving her a digital nudge to convey his existence. She responds and they mingle online. They meet in person for the first time over coffee in Toronto, Canada, where they both live.
Flash-forward to 2014 and the two are in love. They just won a contest to tour Facebook headquarters — or so she thinks. They arrive at the company’s campus in Menlo Park, California, last Monday, June 23. He knows he’s going to propose to her. She has no clue.
And so begins the tour, one he orchestrated with Facebook so he could pull off the surprise marriage proposal. They pose for photos. A photographer tells her to turn around.
She gasps loudly, seeing a big screen emblazoned with, “Nafis, will you marry me?”
“Of course! Aw, yeah,” she replies after he gets on his knees, looks up and pops the question.
Soon, out of nowhere and to their amazement, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg sneak up on the couple to congratulate them.
“It’s like a dream,” Kawalit told Mashable on Thursday. “To think that a 2004 project in a Harvard dorm room would have such a large impact on our lives is crazy. Facebook is essential to our story so I thought it was only fitting that we open a new chapter of our lives with Mark and Sheryl’s blessings.”.. see more