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What Would You Do If Someone Asked You Out Via a Twitter @ Reply?

What Would You Do If You Were Asked Out Via Twitter @Reply?

One cool Twitter benefit: you can find and follow just about anyone — friends, celebrities, or even people you don't know. One potentially scary Twitter feature: you can be found and followed by just about anyone. Sure, you can easily lock your account so you have to approve every person who wants to follow your updates, but some users don't necessarily want to use Twitter in that way.

Recently, a friend of mine (who because of her job has nearly 1,000 Twitter followers) ran into a Twitter snafu. Someone who she didn't know asked her out via a Twitter @reply. It's not necessarily the actual reply (or the ability for a stranger to reply to her) that freaked her out — after all, it is the nature of Twitter. Her problem is that he seemed like a pretty cool guy. One that she might actually consider going out with had she met him in person. She didn't want to ignore him, but was wary of committing to a date without getting to know him, and sadly 140 characters aren't enough for a sufficient introduction.

She ended up direct messaging him in response, since you are able to DM people who follow you, even if you don't follow their updates. She included her email address and asked him to write her. What do you think? Did she make the right move? Has this happened to you? And would you have handled the situation differently?

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LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 6 years
All of this has me bumfuzzled. Something similar happened to me & I questioned it. I didn't know how to respond! So, probably DM'ing an email addy wouldn't be a bad idea...
CurvyGirl8900 CurvyGirl8900 7 years
I agree with everyone else! I don't see anything wrong with that! The world is becoming more and more involved in social networking and honestly, its very similar to asking someone out via text message!
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 7 years
I think it was a good idea to email for a bit first, and then to probably follow in singlesuzanne's footsteps by escalating to phone calls before actually meeting in person... If they do that, then it's pretty much like an online date... If he turns out to be a serial killer though, be sure to let us know.
singlesuzanne singlesuzanne 7 years
I think it's a good move. You don't want the details on view for all of twitter to see. It's 2010 and new communications mean new ways to meet/date. I once dated someone I met via twitter. I flirted w/ him via DM. We exchanged email address and wrote for a bit, then talked on the phone a few times before going on an actual date.
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
I think that was a good move. I don't know that I personally would've done that but hey, why not? Maybe he really is a great guy, so what if it's a slightly odd way to court someone. :P
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