Weddings are always a big deal, but some transcend the usual hoopla and well wishing. Wills and Kate. Kim and Kris. Luke and Laura.
Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg on their wedding day.
To that list, you can now add Mark and Priscilla. While there was no run-up to the nuptials of Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, the weekend wedding of Facebook's co-founder has certainly captured the world's attention.
Since word got out on late Saturday about the secret ceremony earlier in the day, more than 1 million Facebook subscribers have clicked the Like button for Zuckerberg's change of status to "married". In a less-precise sampling, of the 731 comments at this time, "congrats!" seems to be the favoured message to the newlyweds, with a "mazel tov!" here and a "woo-hoo!" there.
Chan's status update on Facebook, meanwhile, has garnered more than 39,000 likes.
The wedding ceremony was a modest one, especially considering Zuckerberg's status as the gazillionaire sovereign of the world's largest social network, which late last week raised roughly $16 billion in a ferociously hyped initial public offering (IPO). Fewer than 100 guests were in attendance, having arrived for what they thought would be a med school graduation party for Chan, according to the Associated Press account of the event.
The question for Emily Post is, do Zuckerberg and Chan have to write thank-yous for all those likes?