Google Engineer Proposes Using Google Maps

POSTED BY , UPDATED ON September 5th, 2011

Faigy a normal, common American Woman having a “Nexus One” (A Google Android based smart phone manufactured by HTC) with Google Maps mobile app running on it recently got proposed while using a custom made Google Maps Modified app created by her boyfriend Ari Gilder (Who happens to be a Google Software Engineer / Employee).

The Modified app made Faigy to go through and complete a scavenger hunt in the New York City that led her to a very special and surprising prize i.e., a marriage proposal.

Mr. Ari Gilder orchestrated the whole plan for the “ultimate and one of the most beautiful romantic scavenger hunt” for his girlfriend, Faigy, to finally ask for her hand in marriage.

On the road to ‘The Big Question,’ I wanted Faigy to visit places around New York City that were filled with memories of our relationship,

Gilder wrote on Google’s blog:

I used My Maps to plan out the route — from the Trader Joe’s we shop at on the Upper West Side, to Magnolia Bakery where we spent part of our first date, to Hudson Bar & Lounge where we enjoyed a night of dancing, to Carnegie Hall where Faigy once surprised me with tickets to a Beethoven concert, all the way to the lighthouse on Roosevelt Island where we went on our second date.

The Path followed by "Faigy"

On each and every single one of these six locations, a mutual friend of Faigy and Gilder handed Faigy a red rose, took a picture of her and reminded her to use Google Maps to check in to the venue and they also asked her a question.

When Faigy checked in to the location, a custom app Gilder and fellow Google engineers had built for the day asked Faigy to input a password based on questions the stationed friends asked her.

When Faigy entered the password, the app would automatically initiate walking navigation to the next location,” Gilder said.

When she got to the checkered pin that marked her last destination, her seventh and final rose also came with a question — but this one was from me, and it wasn’t any ordinary question. I’ll leave it to you to guess what her answer was!

This by no means is the first time someone has used technology to propose his / her loved ones:

  • In January 2011, a Cincinnati based man used Groupon to get engaged.
  • Last Autumn in San Francisco, a man used Twitter, Foursquare and live streaming mobile service Qik to propose his girlfriend.
  •  Other people also have used social media outlets — a tweet on Twitter, a checkin on Foursquare and Google’s Street View — to put a ring on it.