Friday April 26, 2013 | 09:43 AM
Posted by Rob Gould


@jamers00 and @alexsteed of @knackfactory showing me some love at last night's Maine Tweet Up(#metweetup)

What do you love about #metweetup?

@alexsteed - "I was just saying that I've been coming to these since March of 2009 and every single time I've met five new people that I have some background with, or sometimes no background with, and really every time learned a whole new thing that people are doing, or a new job that someone has or whatever. It's really fascinating. And, it's a good way to stay close to people that I theoretically know on the Internet."

@jaimers00 - "This is my second Tweetup and I have to say that it exposes me to people so outside of my usual professional circle. I really get the benefit of meeting the brightest and best of Portland. It's an awesome collection of people."


A gathering of users brought together via Twitter.

A monthly, formally organized Tweetup, Maine Tweetup (#metweetup), has been taking place in Portland for years. I hadn't attended a #metweetup in many months, so I was very happy to to be able to make an appearance last night. #metweetup is a great place to connect in real life (IRL) with people you have only previously been digitally acquainted with, via Twitter, of course. It's also a great way to reconnect with old friends.

I saw some friends, I took some photos, I asked some questions, I ate some cheese, and someone grabbed my ass. All-in-all it was a very successful evening.

Huge thanks to Rich Brooks @therichbrooks and Joan Woodbrey Crocker @joanwoodbrey of Flyte New Media, @flytenewmedia, for organizing these events on a monthly basis.

Another big thank you to Little Tap House, @littletaphouse, for hosting us this month. You should go there. They have beer.

If you'd like more information about #metweetup you can join the Facebook group and follow the hash tag #metweetup on Twitter.

Hope to see you next month! Tweet. Tweet.

#metweetup organizers @joanwoodbrey and @therichbrooks both of @flytenewmedia

Why did you start #metweetup?

@therichbrooks - "I just thought it was an interesting way of kind of speed-dating for some of the creatives in town. It really actually did work out because I've met some of the most interesting and creative people in the world right here in Portland. And, I'm not saying that I never would have met them, but the bottom line is I met them faster than any other way I could have. There are so many amazing people in terms of creative design and illustration and photography and search and social and advertising and writing and blogging that come to these events. That's really been my greatest take-away. There is so much talent right here in Portland and greater Portland." 

What makes a good #metweetup?

@joanwoodbrey - "Good drinks. Fun people. And, free food."

@jackie_ward and @bernieme both of @WCSH6

What do you love about #metweetup?

@jackie_ward - "Hi! #metweetup just seems to bring a lot of unique individuals together. On Twitter, you already feel like you know these people, so when you meet them in real life it's not that awkward. It's still kind of sketchy that you've met them through an Internet "thing," but it's way less sketchy when you start talking about the things in real life that you talk about on Twitter every day."

Do you still think I'm sketchy?

@jackie_ward - "Yes. Still. Definitely."


What do you love about #metweetup?

@griffinclubmerv - "One of the things I really love about #metweetup is it brings together a wide range of ages. We've got young professionals here in their early twenties. And, we've got more established professionals who are using social media in very dynamic ways. All these people come together to talk about similar interests and experiences. I think everyone benefits from that."

@obobme and @missbumptious

What do you love about #metweetup?

@missbumptious - "What I love about #metweetup are the orgies that take place afterwards. They're incredible."

@obobme - "What I love about #metweetup is that my wife does not follow @missbumptious."

@keithcarsonWCSH and @bernieme both of @WCSH6

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