Friday November 15, 2013 | 08:00 AM
Posted by Rob Gould

Suzanne Madore, Kate Bachman, Malorie Pastor, and Tiffany Payton

Tonight's question was: "Twitter or Facebook? And, why?"

"Twitter, because everybody starts out at the same level." - Suzanne Madore

"Twitter, because it doesn't make me hate people I don't already know." - Kate Bachman

"Twitter, because you can get a bigger reach for a lot less money." - Malorie Pastor

"Facebook, because you can use more details." - Tiffany Payton


A gathering of users brought together via Twitter.

A monthly, formally organized tweetup, Maine Tweetup (#metweetup), has been taking place in Portland for years. The month of October was without a #metweetup. That made me sad and threw off my whole month. Needless to say, I was very happy to be in attendance at the November #metweetup last night. There was a great turnout. The place was jumping!

I saw some old friends and made some new ones, I took some photos, I asked some questions, and Jackie Ward kissed me. On the cheek. It was completely platonic, but it still made my night. A big herd of people drank booze and pickle juice mixed together and were loud. So, that was fun-ish. Alex Steed was really tall (and handsome) and Joan Crocker badgered me until I took her photo. I adore Joan, so it's all good. All-in-all it was a very entertaining evening.

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

Another big thank you to The Old Port Sea Grill for hosting us this month. You should go there. They have good food, a great staff, a big bar, and a ginormous fish tank. Something for everyone.

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.

Nathan O'Leary and Max Riseman

"I'd have to say Twitter because it's a public conversation. Facebook isn't necessarily all public. Twitter is just the world's ongoing conversation." - Nathan O'Leary

"Definitely Twitter. Facebook to me seems pointless. Then there's the drama and the lack of real news. That's what I see on Twitter, an actual real, unfiltered view of the world." - Max Riseman

Tyler Aldrich and Emmie Michaud

"Definitely Twitter, because I'm not a middle-aged mom." - Tyler Aldrich

"That's going to be definitely Twitter. I think that it's slightly impersonal and I don't want to share my entire life with the world. Just little snippets. So, Twitter works for me." - Emmie Michaud

Jodi Flynn, Steven Falconer, and Ryan Crocker

"I like them both for different reasons. Facebook for brand awareness, but I like Twitter for connecting with the major players that I want to do business with." - Jodi Flynn

"Facebook, because I understand it. I'm new to Twitter today!" - Steven Falconer

"I like Facebook better because I don't use Twitter that much. Facebook also allows me to run my other business online and connect me with people who I'm looking to swap ideas with and help out." - Ryan Crocker

David Jacquet and Greg Daly

"Twitter over Facebook because there is no Farmville." - David Jacquet

"Twitter, because all of the people who you want to hang out with at a party are on Twitter. All the people you want to avoid at a party, or at a family reunion, are on Facebook." - Greg Daly

Benjamin Moore, Tracy O'Clair and Shawna Cohen

Joan Crocker and Jackie Ward


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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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