On Saturday morning Steven Kleinschmidt was working his shift at the Student Activities Center when, during a slow period, he happened to check Twitter.
A post by @gracerandles from July 27 caught his attention. “What if my future husbands last name doesn’t make a cute pun for our wedding hashtag…… like this is the stuff that keeps me up at night.”
what if my future husbands last name doesn't make a cute pun for our wedding hashtag...... like this is the stuff that keeps me up at night— grace randles (@gracerandles) July 28, 2017
Kleinschmidt found her post amusing as he thought about his own 12-letter, often mispronounced last name.
“Jokingly, I said I wanted to apologize to my future wife because Kleinschmidt doesn't give a lot of cute wedding hashtags,” said Kleinschmidt, a junior mechanical engineering major from Lilburn, Georgia. He is also a resident assistant in High Rise residence hall and is a member of Tau Phi men’s social club.
So, at 10:11 a.m. on July 29, Kleinschmidt — or @StevenMK30 to his followers — posted his clever response to @gracerandles comment. “I wanna apologize now to my future wife,” he wrote.
I wanna apologize now to my future wife https://t.co/Qbq7B4BjaN— Steven Kleinschmidt (@StevenMK30) July 29, 2017
After posting his response, Kleinschmidt went back to work and didn’t think much more about his post.
“I thought I might get five likes max,” he admits. “Next thing I know, my phone won't stop going off, and the tweet is exploding.”
As of 9:33 a.m. July 31, Kleinschmidt’s eight word, 39 character post, has accumulated 518 comments, has been retweeted 59,231 times and has 342,975 likes from individuals around the world.
“Eventually I had to turn off my notifications,” he said. “I mainly think it’s funny how much attention it’s attracted. A lot of kind people from Twitter gave me some good ideas for a wedding hashtag!”