Some enchanted evening, you may see a stranger across a crowded... Facebook newsfeed? Meet John Sweeney and Joanne Doane, who found love while playing Mafia Wars on Facebook. In a mob-themed ceremony held on September 17, John and Joanne officially became the first husband and wife to meet over Zynga's popular social networking game. While their courtship is slightly unconventional, the happy couple recently shared some surprisingly practical insights on the search for love:
1. Love is open-minded. When they first met, John and Joanne were just two people who enjoyed online role-playing games. While the two weren't playing Mafia Wars with the intention of meeting someone, Joanne encourages people to consider Mafia Wars as a dating service. Unlike a traditional dating site, Mafia Wars lets users connect without the pressure of putting up a dateable front.
"Social games and social sites are a better way to meet than a dating site as you have the opportunity to interact more and get to know each other first," she said. iPad Proposal And 6 More Nerdy Engagement Stories
2. Love is rooted in deep friendship. Before becoming romantic, John and Joanne stuck to being internet buddies. Over time, conversations about Mafia Wars grew into conversations about real life, which in turn helped them realize that they had a lot more in common than a preoccupation with the game. Online And In Real Life: Why Guys Are So Different
3. Relationships can always benefit from a shared hobby. Fun activities, like biking or beer-tasting, may be a given in any relationship, but John and Joanne have picked up specific projects they can work on together. In between managing their Mafia Wars clan, they host a podcast covering Facebook and Zynga games. Community: 10 Online Dating Rules I Swear By
4. Let there be magic. John and Joanne spent hours playing and talking, but held off on the romance until they had gotten a feel for each other in person.
"I knew we were becoming great friends as we played together," John said. "It wasn't until I finally met her and looked into her eyes that I knew she was the one I was looking for to complete my life." Awww.
We wish John and Joanne the best in life on and off Facebook. Now if you'll excuse us, we're going to reactivate our Words With Friends accounts in hope of meeting cute nerds over online Scrabble.