Photo: WeFoughtAbout via Twitter
We're believers in a fair fight when it comes to couples. After all, it's often the best way to hash out differences and air grievances—as long as it remains calm and constructive.
Chicagoans Claire Meyer and Alan Linic are a prime example. The couple of a year attracted attention after they started (hilariously) tweeting every single one of their fights under the handle @WeFoughtAbout. Couples everywhere related to their Twitter account, which tracks the things—both silly and serious—that caused their arguments. Some examples:
Claire yelled at me in a museum because I made eye contact with this painting for too long. pic.twitter.com/EXidgQZAds— We Fought About: (@WeFoughtAbout) August 30, 2013
Claire asked me which Harry Potter character she would be. I said Moaning Myrtle.— We Fought About: (@WeFoughtAbout) September 17, 2013
Alan's phone died and he came home late.— We Fought About: (@WeFoughtAbout) October 4, 2013
But their tweet from March 3 had nothing to do with a tiff—it announced their engagement!
No Fights Today: We're Engaged!!!— We Fought About: (@WeFoughtAbout) March 3, 2014
Meyer talked to Betabeat after the proposal and shared some adorable details.
"Alan worked with my best friend to get me out of the house on our one year anniversary," Meyer said. "When I got back he had decorated our home and recreated our first date, right down to the B52s playing on the record player. On our chalkboard wall he had written 'Marry Me Claire Meyer.' I was so excited I couldn't even read it and said 'Maybe Me Claire Meyer?'. I turned around and he was on one knee proposing. I yelled 'NO!' out of disbelief which was very uncomfortable and nervewracking for poor Alan. After that I instantly accepted (with a few curse words in between). We are over the moon."
The improv actors met at The Playground Theatre in Chicago. Their shared sense of humor and sharp wits are a large reason why the Twitter account comes across as warm, and not snarky. Many couples see it as a lighthearted mirror onto their own fights, Meyer told Betabeat.
"We had just finished a fight that started from something ridiculous," she said of the start of their joint project. "We can't even remember what it was now, but we had said that if [we] posted about it no one would believe us. We started the feed and were shocked to see how many people had similar fights or really related to it. We have always said that if it ever hurts our relationship we will delete it, but so far it has been really positive for us."
One big reason is that it chronicles their biggest relationship problems and forces the two to address them. For instance, a simple scroll-back shows that Linic double-booked plans on their date nights twice. But another beneficial aspect is that it necessitates a resolution—they wait to tweet until after the fight is resolved.
"We tweet the catalyst of every single fight," Meyer said. "Sometimes it just takes longer to post because we don't tweet until we are both moved on and over the fight."
It might not work for everyone, but it obviously created an unbreakable bond for Linic and Meyer, who plan to keep tweeting after they get married.
Congratulations to the happy couple!