This is one story that is certainly raises some mobile etiquette questions. Mid-ceremony, a couple in Abingdon, Maryland took out their cell phones while on the alter to update their relations status to “married”. The couple explained that since they are both technology enthusiasts, and since they had spread the news of their engagement through social networking, they felt that updating their Facebook status at the alter would be very appropriate. Dana Hanna explains more about their reasoning:
“My wife and I are very technology centric, and have been Facebooking and Twittering a lot to keep in touch with our very large families scattered across the USA. In fact, when we got engaged, we changed our Facebook statuses and didn’t even call anyone since the word would spread on Facebook far faster than it would have over the phone calling all hundreds of our friends and family. After doing that, we received a lot of laughs, and some minor criticism from family whom were insulted that we couldn’t even pick up the phone to call them. It became a bit of a joke between all of us.”
When my wedding came around, I figured it would be funny (due to our Family and friends’ daily use of Facebook, and the whole engagement story) to pause the wedding to update my Facebook status. No one knew of this plan except the pastor. I then had the Maid of Honor swipe Tracy’s phone and get it to me just before the wedding. Tracy did not know. I pre-typed her message and mine, and had the phones ready to go.
I knew Tracy’s reaction to my pulling out the phone would be to immediately be upset that she didn’t have hers – and as you can see in the video, it worked out perfectly. All of our family and friends loved this, and in fact many people even Facebooked pictures of me Facebooking during the wedding. It’s just a fun time with us – playing with technology. None of us take it to the extreme of twittering/facebooking to the point that most people make fun of – but we do enjoy it as a tool for keeping in touch.
We have received a lot of public criticism on YouTube, which doesn’t really bother us. People really don’t understand the history behind the story, and that we don’t really twitter/facebook to the extent that it’s interrupting our lives. Googling my name can net you all sorts of other fun stuff – so have at it. I’m certainly not shy “
So whats next for this couple? Lets just say that, one day when they have a baby, if you’re their friend on Facebook, you’ll be the first to know.