guest post by Simone Davalos
Michael Weiss-Malik, a Google employee, wanted to make his marriage proposal to his girlfriend Leslie really, really memorable, so he did what an self-respecting Googleplex geek would so, he put his proposal up on Google Street View.
My name is Michael Weiss-Malik, and I work for Google. I don’t work on the Street View team, but I interact with them pretty regularly. They decided to coordinate a pre-announced Street View run outside Google’s Mountain View offices, with the idea that Googlers could line up along the street and appear in the imagery. So I put together my “Proposal 2.0” billboard and showed up, hoping that it’d be readily visible. And it was![snip]
But my original proposal was quiet and low-key. It was just some simple heart-felt words exchanged during a quiet night at home. And while Proposal 1.0 had plenty of sentiment, it was lacking in pizazz. So I did what any Silicon Valley geek would do: I decided to upgrade to “Proposal 2.0,” a new improved online version. I proposed to Leslie from inside a Google Street View panorama. I dare say that it’s the first time anyone in the history of mankind has proposed marriage in quite this way, and it went live on Google Maps on August 5, 2008.
Visit Marry Me Leslie to see some history, learn how he did it, and tell Leslie whether or not to say “yes”.