Friday June 21, 2013 | 10:02 AM
Posted by Rob Gould

Lindsey Babayan, Joan Woodbrey Crocker, and Brian Bagdasarian

Question: "Why Twitter?"

"Mystery tweeting." Lindsay Babayan @lindsaybabayan

"Because you can form friendships with people online and then have conversations during your work day. Joan Woodbrey Crocker @joanwoodbrey

"Because Twitter allows you to let others know where you are and what you're doing. What's amazing is that up until Twitter we weren't actually able to create this global situation of letting others know what's going on. I'm not that interesting, but I really think I am." Brian Bagdasarian @aperfectshirt

"tweetup"

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 attended the #metweetup in May and wrote a post covering it and got a great response. 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, and I asked the question, "Why Twitter?" There was some great food but I didn't eat anything because it's summer and I'm fat. Most important, someone grabbed my ass. Again (it was Joan Woodbrey Crocker, but don't tell anyone, shhhhhh ... ). 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 The Porthole Restaurant for hosting us this month. You should check them out. They've really cleaned up the place and their deck is one of the best in Portland. You can find them on Facebook here.

If you'd like more information about #metweetup you can check out the Facebook page or follow the hash tag #metweetup on Twitter.

Hope to see you next month! Tweet. Tweet.

Greg Daly and Rebecca Daigle

"If you want to learn to write, it's boot camp." Greg Daly @djnorequest

"This is really hard (laughs). I don't personally spend a lot of time on Twitter but I do use it for clients. It's a time issue. I do spend a lot of time on Facebook and when I can I'm on Twitter. Twitter is great for some things. It really is. If I'm watching certain TV shows and I want to see what people are saying about them, it's really fun. So, I check it out now and again but I can't say that I'm on it every day." Rebecca Daigle  @rebecca_daigle

Mo Puia, Jane Driscoll, Jodi Flynn, and Lindsay Babayan

"I like Twitter because you can be more casual. On Twitter you can be yourself or a little edgy without anyone slapping your wrist about it." Jodi Flynn @lumacoaching

"Because it entertains me, and it's engaging, and it's smart. And, I read things that I might not otherwise." Jane Driscoll @tweeetjane

"Because it's fun and if you're doing it right it's a great way to connect with people in real life." Mo Puia @modarling

Joan Woodbrey Crocker, Ryan Crocker, and George

"You know, all I have to say Rob, is that question sounds like, 'what is the meaning of life?,' in social media terms." Ryan Crocker @ryanacrocker

Jaime Steed and Rich Brooks

"I like Twitter because I have Attention Deficit Disorder. Also, I like that it forces people to be thoughtful because you only have a certain amount of characters to convey your message. And, it allows some really great creativity to come through that I think other social media channels miss out on." Jaime Steed @jaimers00

"I just find it to be the fastest way to connect with people, and there is nothing like 'Farmville,' so it's just a better conversation. And, all the cool people are on it making fun of people on Facebook." Rich Brooks @therichbrooks

 

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Rob works as a digital marketing & public relations consultant to agencies, brands, and individuals. He has 20 years of marketing experience. He also currently serves in a volunteer capacity as director of pr/communications for TEDxDirigo. From 2005-2011, Rob served as director of social media & agency communications at The VIA Agency (Portland). Prior to VIA, Rob worked with several PR & advertising agencies in London & Boston. He is a graduate of The University of Vermont (UVM) and a Maine transplant (2002).

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His real-life interests include art, travel, writing, design, psychology, the beach, & exercise (grudgingly at times).

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