Providence’s First Tweet-Up

The Perry Group, a local PR firm, hosted the area’s first Tweet-Up at Providence Piers last night. More than 100 people — all having heard about the event @Twitter —gathered for the panel discussion. The much-buzzed about event featured some of the state’s top Twitterers talking about how to brand your business — or yourself — through social media.

A few observations from the meet and greet:

  • Contrary to what most people might think (or wish) Twitter isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
  • Twitter is not just for the young. Grandmothers were (proudly) in attendance.
  • Or the super tech savvy. All industries were represented: tourism, publishing, marketing, hospitality, higher education, media, etc., etc., etc.
  • 140 characters is not a lot of space. 2 b cr8tiv mst lrn to abbrv.
  • Panelist and the state’s top Twitterer (15,359 followers, and growing) is @TheDailyBlonde, a.k.a. Cheryl Phillips. A writer and single mom of five, she is currently ranked in the top 50 of Twitterers worldwide. Though she’s still got a long way to go to catch up to Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk).
  • Given the inherently impersonal nature of communicating computer to computer, the irony was not lost on the one tip all the panelists kept hammering home: be real, and be yourself.
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