With social media comes a whole new means of courtship.
Everyone knows the story of the high school kid that recently asked Kate Upton to be his prom date, only to have her decline, yet find an equally talented supermodel to take her place.
Recently floating around a number of Twitter timelines these days is a message from Harry “Bubby” Lyles, Jr., a kid from the Atlanta area, who is seeking to land a date with Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones.
As reported by the entertainment music website, Electro WOW, Bubby is a student at Georgia State, and the son of Harry Lyles, a radio consultant in the Atlanta area.
Bubby sent the following message on Twitter, in which Jones replied, “ok. I’ll be waiting”.
To be honest and forefront, I’m not sitting on numerous sources to verify the validity of this verbal agreement, as Lolo does not have the message on her timeline, and would therefore need to follow him to send a direct message, or send it out and delete it shortly thereafter.
I’m also not a huge fan of those that seek out to beg for retweets from other members of Twitter. However, there’s something fun and catchy about this story, and when you visit Bubby’s YouTube channel, or look at some of his previous tweets, he seems like a grounded kid, and one that you can’t help but root for.
This also seems like a story that has a chance to hit national headlines at some point in the near future.
I personally hope he reaches his goal. If he doesn’t, he’s successfully used the powers of social media to help put himself on the map. His YouTube channel has a few videos with minor journalistic reports. So, this tactic alone will get him and his work much more exposure.
Upon last visiting his tweet, Bubby had more than 10,000 retweets, and counting. That’s an impressive count at this point, but he’s certainly got some more “hurdles” before reaching his goal.
Good luck, Bubby, and great choice with Lolo, she’s certainly gold medal worthy.
1:45pm 6/24/13 Update: Bubby’s tweet is picking up steam, nearing the 20,000 retweet mark
6:00pm 6/24/13 Update: He’s nearing the 24,000 retweet mark
2:00pm 6/29/13 Update: Checking in on Bubby Lyles, and he’s over the 78,000 retweet mark – still a long way to go…
3:00pm 7/15/13 Update: Bubby Lyles reached his goal of 150,000 retweets on July 3rd and Lolo Jones has accepted, and reportedly will go out on a date with him. Here are a tweets for proof:
Thank you all, this was your doing, it wasn’t possible without you guys #150kstrong
— Bubby Lyles (@harrylylesjr) July 4, 2013
@lolojones good luck at your race today, whenever you find time I’d love to make some plans!
— Bubby Lyles (@harrylylesjr) July 4, 2013
Congratulations to @harrylylesjr! Just spoke with @lolojones at #LausanneDL and she accepts the date.
— Christopher Chavez (@Chris_J_Chavez) July 4, 2013
I drool on myself mid interview. If he still wants a date… RT @Flotrack: Lolo Accepts Twitter Date w @harrylylesjr http://t.co/M2vqUhgLnP
— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) July 5, 2013
Another NFL player gets caught (Colts` Joe Lefeged) by law enforcement ? How novel ! And now perhaps , fans will pull their heads out of their @ss and realize that Goodell and the union simply don`t care about te beavhior of te players and the harm done to te image of the NFL > . Roger Goodell , simply pays the issue lip service and not much else .
TOP / REV,
Ha ha, you guys leave me speechless sometimes.
Rev, I may have to hear some of these stories, or are you just talking about getting people a bunch of drinks… or do you have some stories that should be made into a late night HBO special?!
As a bartender, I get enough people laid. This kid is on his own.
Lolo Jones still remains a virgin ? Kid , ain`t gonna get lucky , if he is hoping to lay `some pipe` on prom night or any other night for that matter . Jones outdid her welcome , by showing her immaturity as a member of the US track team in London (Olympics) , when failed to medal in the women`s 100 meters hurdles and she has done the same thing again , as a member of US women`s bobsled team . Mission accomplished , she still remains a spoiled brat .
A few things:
– I wanted to get this out, while the story was picking up steam on Twitter. I’ll add Lolo images and extra cleanup later.
– Also, I’m having a bit of an issue with my Twitter plugin, and it’s not posting… I’m still working on that, but the link is there above, and you can see the tweet to RT it.