As a lapsed early adopter of Twitter, it is rather interesting and somehow exciting to note that eight years or so since I created my first Twitter account @temi, Twitter has moved on from a tiny niche micro blogging platform that was competition with many others in its early days, to become one of the largest social media sites in the world. Twitter seem to have a somewhat cult like appeal among some of its users, which seem to elevate its use and function beyond the social media / micro blogging platform it was meant to be. I came to this conclusion when I belatedly found out about a phenomenon among twitter users called Tweet up.
What is a Tweet up?
Tweet up, which can also be spelt as one word tweetup is a meeting or a gathering of Twitter users. Tweet ups tend to be informal. It gives Twitter users from a locality the opportunity to meet up in person. Twitter using tips, techniques and other twitter related information are usually exchanged, most of the time, an advanced Twitter user talks about a particular aspect of tweeting. As a saying goes, better late than never. I have only recently woken up to the existence of tweet ups, I am attending my very first tweet up, which is called Herefordshire tweet up. The event is organised by a Hereford based B&B called Kidwells House. I am not sure about learning anything new about tweeting from the event, but the opportunity to network with local small business owner is a very strong pull. You can find more information about Herefordshire tweet up here.
Tweet ups in Herefordshire & other tweetups
The tweetup I am attending in Hereford seem to be the only tweet up in Herefordshire. The event’s popularity is to the extent that all available places on the Kidwell House Herefordshire tweetup is all taken up, with a growing waiting list of people who would like to attend the event. The only other tweetup I am aware of is Tweetup Shrewsbury, in the neighbouring county of Shropshire. It would be quite useful and interesting to create a database or a directory of tweetups around the UK. If you have already created such directory, I will like to hear from you. I think there may be a case for a directory of tweetups.
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