What is a tweetup and why should I attend one?

In a nutshell, a tweetup is a cute name given to a meetup which is attended by Twitter users. If you’re local to West Palm Beach you will probably enjoy attending the Clematis Tweetup, which is held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the Clematis District of West Palm Beach.

You can RSVP for the upcoming May Clematis Tweetup here.

Clematis Tweetup #1 Kicks off
Over 40 people attended the first Clematis Tweetup

Tweetups are for meeting friends

Twitter is all about “The Local”. If you use Twitter, you’re more than likely to make friends with people who live and/or work near you. While you will certainly know some of the people you use Twitter with, it’s very likely that you have people you interact with on a daily basis who you have never had the opportunity to meet face to face.

A Tweetup gives you the opportunity to meet up with old friends, put a face/name to a Twitter avatar, and make new friends.

Tweetups are for making friends

Tweetups are social gatherings, very few of which have set agendas. Since Twitter users come from ALL segments of society, you’ll find a wide range of people, interests and backgrounds.

As more businesses start using Twitter you’ll find that professionals and business owners are attending tweetups to gain experience in social media as well as expand their network.

At a tweetup you’ll identify “Twitter Experts”. These are either people who have been using Twitter for several years and have grown a significant group of followers, or individuals from PR or social media companies who use Twitter professionally.

Twitter is also used by local and national media It is very likely that members of your local paper, radio or TV station will be enjoying the tweetup with you.

And the best part about Twitter is that it’s mostly used by normal people like you and me – people who just want to kick back after a long day and enjoy the company of old and new friends. So come on out and enjoy the company!

Warning: Tweetups have been known to be addictive!!! Some people (you know who you are) will drive hundreds of miles to attend a tweetup. Thankfully, FUN has no negative side effects, so use moderation and have a GREAT time.

Suzanne Boyd and Eric Roby from Fox29 enjoying the Clematis Tweetup
Suzanne Boyd and Eric Roby from Fox29 enjoying the Clematis Tweetup

Tweetups are for getting the word out

Twitter users are generally very generous in helping spread the word about events or products they like, and since they are generally followed by hundreds of like minded Twitter users it makes them an extremely useful demographic to have as fans of whatever you are doing.

Getting involved in a tweetup and meeting Twitter users face to face can help you make a useful contribution to the Twitter ecosystem and allow you to avail yourself of this valuable resource.

Warning: Tweetups are not for pushing product. If you are not contributing to the tweetup, but expect the Twitter users to push your product, you may get the exact opposite result.

Tweetups are about getting/giving help

If you are just getting into Twitter, attending a tweetup will be invaluable in getting your Twitter account and follower list started. Make sure you get the Twitter account IDs of every person you meet and then make an effort to engage them when you get back on Twitter.

If you have questions about Twitter or how to use it effectively, make sure you hit up one of the Twitter experts who are attending. If you are an expert in any field and want to contribute your expertise, make sure you let people know.

Experts in Twitter or any other areas are always very generous with advice. Having said that, offering to buy them a beer in exchange for the free advice can go a long way!