What’s a Tweetup?
A ‘tweetup’ (probably originating from the words ‘Twitter meetup’) is an event where people who ‘tweet’ using Twitter (social media) come together in person.
Sometimes a Tweetup has lots of planning, other times it is a meeting called with absolute spontaneity.
One cynic defined a Tweetup as “a gathering of nerds attempting social contact, likely for the first time. Usually disintegrates into everyone running to the nearest computer to type to one another.”
In the USA Tweetups are common and are hard to escape. They provide an opportunity to communicate face to face and use more than 140 characters. It may be for casual conversation, the rewarming of friendships, a networking opportunity or to enhance your career or business prospects. Sometimes people will exchange business cards or there will be a speaker to kick off discussion. The most important thing is to have an enjoyable time.
Prolific tweeter, Paul Castle (pictured tweeting at the Fujairah Tweetup), decided to schedule a Tweetup in Dubai, to celebrate his birthday. He chose a regular Tweetup location (Aroos Damascus Restaurant) for his Dubai celebration and in his invitation it was a case of ‘No presents, just your presence.”
Dubai has been home to many Tweetups so at the last count there were 16 who said ‘Yes’ and a few who indicated ‘Maybe’. According to Paul, these Dubai gatherings can get up to 30-40.
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Tweetups have become popular around the world and are used and promoted by such companies as Google, CISCO, Verizon, McDonald’s, Rockspace etc. Different tools have been created to schedule a successful event.
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