10 things that may surprise you at a tweetup

For those of you who never attended a tweetup before sometimes its like a “shock and aww” in person meetup when you come face to face with people who you have online had conversations with and only know them by their avatar. You may call people by their twitter name and not their real life name if they use an alias. But more than likely you’ll have some of the best in person conversations you had in a long time due to the online relationship you have developed with your twitter friend already. 

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Still when you attend a tweetup and meet a fellow twitter friend who you have never met before a few things may surprise you either at first, during or after you leave. Here’s a list of 10 things that may surprise you at a tweetup.


  1. The person looks nothing like their avatar
  2. You might find out that it’s best you just have an online conversation only.
  3. You find out that you’re neighbors or live close near each other (true story)
  4. You might find your next boyfriend or girlfriend (you’ll be like they’re hot in real life)
  5. You found your new BFF & drinking buddy
  6. You may find your next business partner
  7. You may find your next client
  8. You may find out that the person is nothing like they tweet online
  9. You’ll learn new ways to use twitter and new apps
  10. You may have the time of your life and your online/offline relationship with your twitter friend will grow.

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If you have attended a tweetup before what impression did you leave with or what surprised you about the tweeple you met for the first time?

  • http://twitter.com/joesumney Joe

    This is so true. I've been on Twitter since September and so far I fit into 7 of the 10 categories.

  • http://twitter.com/cwylie0 c wylie

    hmm kinda like online dating… a crap shoot, but i guess it differs in potential for business/money exchanged. sounds exciting, now if i could only convince my town to join twitter.

  • http://adamcovati.com covati

    So true. I think the biggest thing for me was connecting with people that I hadn't really made a connection with on twitter. It definitely changed who I tweet with.

    always a good time and I'd say it's only about 1/2 as geeky as you might think it would be.

    I also have seen 7/10 occur already.

  • http://mobthink.com/ mobthink

    Having F2F to put name to avatars is neat, and interesting things will happen when you talk IRL. i've witnessed all of the above first hand. latest example? Michael Kimsal (@mgkimsal) interviewing my team members and I for his new magazine GroovyMag. I met Michael at 2 prior tweetups and we had common interests in programming trends, PHP and we live near each other on the Triangle map as well.

  • http://DigitalPapercuts.com jeffreylcohen

    Since every top ten list should go to 11, here's one more thing: You will make friendships with like-minded people and they will be willing participants and co-conspirators in your online experiments as we all learn what is possible with social media. Remember it is called social media, not sit at home media.

  • http://DigitalPapercuts.com jeffreylcohen

    Since every top ten list should go to 11, here's one more thing: You will make friendships with like-minded people and they will be willing participants and co-conspirators in your online experiments as we all learn what is possible with social media. Remember it is called social media, not sit at home media.