Tweetup: Defined

Have you ever been to a Tweetup?

As you’ve probably discovered by now, Twitter is full of “tw” lingo – tweets, tweeps, twitterverse, Twitpic, & so on. Tweetup is one of my favourites because it’s a chance to connect offline. A tweetup is simply a gathering of Twitter users in the real world as opposed to a tweetchat which is a gathering of Twitter users online.

The name is a mash up between Twitter.com and Meetup.com, a site used to organize events. Tweetups are organized on Twitter when someone announces a time, place and topic. For many tweetups, you simply show up while others have a more formal registration process through Meetup, Eventbrite, or some other online registration system.

The Nanaimo Family Literacy Day Tweetup brought book lovers & readers together.

Photo Credit: WendyD.ca

Most tweetups are open to anyone who wants to come. If you see a tweetup announced that interests you then plan to attend. Sometimes the organizer will ask you to RSVP to ensure enough food, etc. but often it’s a cash bar or BYOC (buy your own coffee) arrangement. Keep an eye out for any registration links as some tweetup organizers charge admission (usually a modest amount) to cover the costs.

Tweetups are a great way to meet people in your community who share your interests. Before the event start following the tweetup’s hashtag so you can get acquainted with others who will be attending. You’ll discover some new people to follow and may get a few new followers yourself.

Once you’re at the event be sure to live tweet some of your experience. But don’t spend all your time tweeting, after all you’re there to interact with people not their avatars.

After the event, pop back on to Twitter and have another look at the hashtag. Follow any folks you got to talk to and retweet any gems from the tweet stream. And be sure to @mention folks you met to continue the conversation.

  • http://laurindashaver.com Laurinda Shaver

    This is one of the many things I am grateful to the internet for.  Finding like minded individuals to build relationships and grow support systems.  There are groups of every kind.  And then.. to have the opportunity to meet IRL.  A very valuable self development opportunity!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=890140281 Yomar Lopez

    I need to do more of this but my local marketplace is rather behind the times when it comes to technology..  It’s good and it’s bad.  I get to speak to small groups in the area and teach them about the wonderful world of the social web, but I can’t really find many like-minded people to connect with, even if it’s just for a random coffee and a good excuse to get out of my mad scientist lab. ;o)

    Anywho…

    This sounds AWESOME!  I love the t-shirts with the Twitter names on the back.  I’ll admit that I am a t-shirt and jeans guy mainly these days.  I did the suit thing for many years and now I am freeeeee!  LOL

    I wish more of you gals were closer to me.  We’d have great fun!  Good thing we have the Internet to keep us connected..  Still, I’d take a little road trip to have a face-to-face mastermind session.  Maybe in the not-so-distant future!

    Until then, I will enjoy Skype sessions and returning to podcasting.. *nudges Laurinda Shaver a bit*  Hi. ;o)