The Southern Area tweet up, as written by hayley story,about my area.

Friends Meet Up at the Tweet Up

Published: 1st March 2012 16:27

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Virtual friends met face to face at the first “Southern Area Tweet up” last night.

The event, organised by Andrew and Rob Pearce from local business, Creatiques, meant that contacts who had only ever communicated in 140 characters were able to chat in person for the first time.

 Manic Stage Production dancers, photo courtesy of 
Sean Boon

For the cost of £10, attendees were treated to a buffet, free drink and entertainment provided by Manic Stage Productions and Rachel Hawnt.

Andrew and Rob are strong social networkers using Twitter and Facebook for their business and decided that it would be a great way to network face to face.

Andrew said, “As businesses we don’t get much time to go out and enjoy ourselves but it’s a Wednesday night we have over 70 people here.”

 Twitter friends @Racheloreilly and @MaricarJagger 
meet for the first time

One of the attendees, Rachel O’Reilly, got to meet someone that she has been chatting to for a couple of years. Rachel said, “I finally got to meet one of my best friends on Twitter. It’s been a fantastic evening with loads of local tweeters.”

The event was held at Ashbys Pub in Southsea. The pub are also on Twitter @ashbysgastropub and this is the first major event held at the pub since new owners, Chris Jones and Lee Cotkshott took over three months ago.

Lee said, “It’s been absolutely brilliant. The atmosphere is really good.”

Rob Pearce added, “People didn’t know what to expect but this has exceeded our expectations.”

Another event is being planned for June 27th followed by another in September. To keep up to date follow #southerntweetup on Twitter and Facebook.