Sometimes, the blue jay is a lovebird.
For most people, logging onto Twitter is like stepping into a digital combat zone. (The trolls! The threads! The all-caps missives!) The social media platform, which launched in 2006, was certainly never meant to serve as a dating service.
But for a lucky few among Twitter’s 330 million worldwide users — including a few fortunate New Yorkers — the micro-blogging site provided ideal conditions for courtship. The talk-to-anyone nature of the platform emboldened a NY1 viewer to reach out to her on-screen crush, a 140-character cap (now 280) encouraged pithy — and ultimately, flirtatious — banter for another, and the unifying power of hashtags drew a pair of strangers toward each other. Naturally, there’s a hashtag for this digital-age tweet-cute, too: #WeMetOnTwitter.
Here, three local couples tell The Post how they turned “likes” into love.
Jenny Gill & Roger Clark: #WeMetOnTwitter in 2009
NY1 reporter Roger Clark wasn’t having much luck on dates.
“One woman told me, ‘You seemed cooler on TV,’ ” the newsman, who’s 52 and from Forest Hills, tells The Post.
But NY1 viewer Jenny Gill thought Clark was cool off-screen, too — especially on Twitter, where they first connected. When she saw that Clark and his colleague, Pat Kiernan, had gone bowling together at the Gutter in Williamsburg, she couldn’t resist pinging Clark with a “Wish I was there!” tweet.
“I believe I said something like, ‘I’d have gone out to Gutter, but figured that might be too stalker-ish,’ ” says the 44-year-old NY1 superfan, who’s an actress and an executive assistant.
Soon, Gill and Clark were bantering back and forth about New York-y things: coffee, Mets vs. Yankees, bagel schmear (he prefers butter; she’s a cream cheese gal).
Although dating apps hadn’t struck it big yet, some old-school dating sites were already in play, and Clark had given some a whirl. But flirting on Twitter, he says, “was a lot easier, because I was already just me.”
“When I saw her eyes, I was like, ‘Oh, boy.’ Something magical was happening.”
After two weeks of very public courtship, NY1 fans were ready for them to push past foreplay.
“When are you going to meet?” tweeted one impatient voyeur.
“We were like, ‘SIMMER DOWN, WE’RE WORKING ON IT!’ ” says Gill, who had no experience with online dating.
They switched over to DMs to set up drinks at the Blind Tiger ale house in Greenwich Village. Gill brought along a male friend, just in case Clark was a jerk.
“When I saw her eyes, I was like, ‘Oh, boy,’ ” says Clark. “Something magical was happening.” The pair snapped a photo together and tweeted it out to their nosy following.
Two years later, the couple wed, and today, they live on the Upper East Side with their 9-year-old son. But they agree that they’re not sure they would have connected on the platform in 2020.
Tweets “were more lighthearted” back then, says Clark.
Gill agrees: “People definitely had more real conversations on Twitter 10 years ago.” But, she adds, “I’ve found that if you reach out, people will still talk.”
Their advice? If you have a Twitter crush, reach out.
“If you have 100 followers,” says Clark, “and there’s one person who likes what you say, maybe you’ll get together and fall in love.”
Tatianna Surun & Juan Batista II: #WeMetOnTwitter in 2017
When NYC native Tatianna Surun, 32, moved to San Diego in 2017, she turned to Twitter to find local fellow Dominicans. She used the hashtag #DeLoMio — a saying that loosely means, “you are of my people and we are family,” Surun says.
Bless the internet: Her tweet attracted Juan C. Batista II, 31, who lived 2,800 miles away — in Kew Gardens, Queens. Surun, he learned scrolling through her feed, was an artist and a chef. He was intrigued.
“As a foodie and a lover of all things art, it was her food tweets that always drew me in,” says Batista.
He started commenting and leave GIFs under her photos. Soon, they were off to the races.
“We talked about everything — music, life, children — basically, whatever we were tweeting about,” says Surun.
She wasn’t surprised when Batista, who works for the city and is an amateur photographer, DMed her.
“To be honest, we fell in love before ever physically meeting.”
“He wasn’t the first, nor the last, to DM. But he was the only one that was able to capture my attention and keep it,” says Surun, cheekily, adding that neither of them had ever used dating apps.
After a couple of weeks, they were ready to meet — on FaceTime, given their geographical constraints. The chemistry, Surun says, was palpable.
“To be honest, we fell in love before ever physically meeting,” says Surun. They even introduced their kids over the app.
Two months later, Surun’s heart raced as she flew to NYC for their first real-life rendezvous. When she landed, “We hugged then kissed like we’d been together for years,” she says.
Surun moved back to the city in July 2018. The couple and their three kids moved into an apartment in Flushing together last year.
“Sometimes you’ll find love in the most unlikely of places,” says Batista, reflecting on his luck. “Love is possible if you’re willing to channel your thoughts and desires into words and GIFs.”
Meghan & Albert Maloof Berdellans: #WeMetOnTwitter in 2013
After hitting the Tomorrowland electronic dance-music festival in Belgium in 2013, Long Island-native Meghan Maloof Berdellans, 28, was excited to chat about all things EDM. She scouted around for some sites and began following Albert Maloof Berdellans III, 30, who had a popular blog and EDM following on Twitter.
Meghan, a digital and social media consultant, stood out among his 30,000 plus followers — but not for romantic reasons.
“Meg’s first interactions were mostly tweeting at me and telling me how wrong I was,” says Albert, who lived in Miami at the time. “I started firing back. We started out not liking each other.”
If you’ve ever seen a rom-com, you can guess what happens next: Through DMs (Meghan made the first move), their sniping segued into playful banter, then meaningful talks. That led to FaceTime dates — six months of them, for the busy, long-distance lovebirds.
Albert, who does marketing for an events production company, “would order the same food he was eating to my place, via GrubHub or UberEats, and we would have a date on video chat,” says Meghan. “It was truly a 21st-century phenomenon.”
“It felt so natural, like we’d known each other for years.”
After half a year of digital dating, Meghan decided to take their romance off-screen: She flew out to Miami during Art Basel to meet Albert. He picked her up at the airport and took her for a sunset walk on the beach.
“It felt so natural, like we’d known each other for years,” she says. “We both felt something was very special there, and we knew that we had to give the relationship a shot.”
After three years of long-distance love, Meghan moved closer to Albert — to Jupiter, Fla. — in 2016. The two tied the knot in 2019. Today, the lovebirds are snowbirds, who bounce between Miami and Malverne, Long Island, in Nassau County. They also have an influencer dog @ceilithepuppy, who stays in New York with Meghan’s parents.
And all thanks to some angry tweets!
“It was an organic way to meet, since it involved us being passionate about things we cared about,” Meghan says.
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