7.04.2009

Making the Connection Offline: Houston Tweet Up a big success!

(Tweet Up Committee: Jesse Muhammad, Michelle Price, Jennifer Haubein, and Garrett Maddox)


by Jesse Muhammad


On July 1, Houstonians from across the city came together on the outer skirts of downtown for a Tweet Up. Yes, a Tweet Up! Sounds strange, right? Well, if you are not one of the millions of Twitter users around the world, it would sound strange! (smile)

But a Tweet Up (like 'Meet Up') is hosted for Twitter users to come together face to face offline to share, grow and learn from one another. To hear about the opportunities to connect with one another beyond 140 characters. But it's also for those who don't know anything about Twitter.

The Tweet Up was the brainchild of Michelle Price (@prosperitygal) who brought on board a team that included Garrett Maddox (@FinancialCents), Jennifer Haubein (@jhaubein) and myself! (@brotherjesse).

The theme of this Tweet Up was "Tweet For Our Troops" in order to show support for those who have husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, or children in the armed forces. Attendees donated to the purchase MRE (meal ready to eat) that will be shipped to troops in Iraq.

Michelle did a great presentation about the power of Twitter and helped people set up accounts the same night. People shared business cards, dialogued about their ventures, enjoyed food and music. Council member Jarvis Johnson (@jarvisjohnson) helped to sponsor the event and shared a few words. Food was provided by Beaucoup Bar & Grill and music courtesy of DJ CrazyDredz, a hip-hop radio show host for KTSU.

Thousands of dollars in door prizes was donated by Bille Baty, Donnie Moreland, John Morgan, and James Dutton. Everyone walked away with something!

Thank you to Isiah Carey of the INSITE blog and Alex Green of Rolling Out Magazine Houston for the coverage.

How will you connect offline?