Defining “Tweet-up”

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There’s no definition for the word Tweet-up readily available (Image from a Vegas Tweet-up during BlogWorld Expo)! Unfortunately, I needed one recently so here’s my alpha version. SOurces I used included floor9’s definition, Dictionary.com’s definition of meet-up and Twitter’s own definition.

Tweet-up is a coined word combining meet-up and Twitter. Meet-ups feature a local special interest meeting organized through a website, and Twitter is, well, probably the hottest and one of the fastest growing social networks out there. Officially, it’s a social network that, “In countries all around the world, people follow the sources most relevant to them and access information via Twitter as it happens—from breaking world news to updates from friends.”

Reduced to the simplest possible definition, a Tweetup is a chance for the local Twitter community to come together and meet face to face. This relaxed networking event involves fun, meeting at least one or two new people, and use of mobile phones, PDAs and cameras to update web sites. Because Twitter only allows 140 characters per post — a number of characters easily entered into a phone — this often leads to live tweetcasts of such events, particularly the larger ones.

OK, Tweeties, what do you think a Tweet-up is. I would like to submit this definition to Wikipedia, but want to make sure it’s kosher.

  • http://toddrjordan.com/thebroadbrush Todd Jordna – tojosan

    Not sure best how to define it but to describe the experience – http://www.toddrjordan.com/thebroadbrush/2008/12/tweetup-st-charles-missouri-second-trailhead-brewery/

    For me it’s about face to face interaction between netizens that otherwise never meet. Gives them a chance to exchange information at a whole different level than text snippets.

  • http://everydotconnects.com Connie Reece

    Tweet-up: a meet-up of Twitter users

    If I remember correctly, Scott Monty was the first to use the term tweet-up, circa May 2007. (He has his original usage bookmarked.)

    While most tweet-ups are social occasions, a new trend is to hold tweet-ups in conjunction with a social cause, i.e. the Austin Blood Drive Tweet-up, which produced a record turnout and the highest number of first-time blood donors for the Central Texas Blood and Tissue Center, and the recent Vancouver Tweet-up Heat-up, an impromptu gathering of Twitter friends to bring coats and warm clothing to the homeless.

  • http://www.scottmonty.com Scott Monty

    Sometimes it’s great to step back and let everyone in on the jargon that we use. Thanks for doing so, Geoff.

    And yes, I coined the phrase “tweetup” – the reference can be found here http://www.wordspy.com/words/tweetup.asp

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  • Anonymous

    I think now that we’ve had time to ponder it, it’s just a gathering of social media-connected people. Some might say a Tweetup is supposed to be open to all, but that’s open to interpretation. And some people are actually selling their services as tweetup organizers. While there might be a niche there, it’s not really that hard.