Tuesday February 25, 2014 | 07:00 AM
Posted by Rob Gould

Ashley Rutherford, Abbie McGilvery @funkyfabab, and Jessie Pinkham @234andclick

Tonight's question was: "If you had to use three words to describe a tweetup, what would they be?"

"Drinks. Smiles. New Friends." - Ashely Rutherford

"I need five words — Fashion. Social. New faces. Drinks." - Abbie McGilvery

"Mood lighting. Beer. Boys." - Jessie Pinkham


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 December was without a #metweetup and I regretfully missed the January Tweetup at Hunt and Alpine @huntandalpine. This all made me very sad and certainly contributed to the depressing nature of this dreadful winter. Needless to say, I was very happy to be in attendance at the February #metweetup last night at the newly renovated Top of the East. The turnout was incredible and the kind staff at The Westin Portland Harborview provided us with loads of delicious snacks. And, of course, there were drinks. Lots of drinks for some people. There may have even been some drunk tweeting. But, I'm not going to go there. I'm just not.

It was great to see some old friends and make some new ones. I was especially happy to see Jaica Kinsman @jakks. I hadn't seen her in ages. Jaica was personally responsible for my introduction to Twitter. I'm sure there are now lots of people on Twitter who are cursing her for having me inflicted upon them. Be nice. There was no way for her to know what I would become.

I asked some questions, ate a bunch of free food, and Joan Crocker @joanwoodbrey strong-armed me into taking her photo. Again. You do not want to get on the wrong side of Joan when it comes to her photograph. I speak from experience. I left relatively early because my arm really hurt after my run-in with Joan and Meredith Finn @missbumptious was boring me to death with her endless chatter about Twitter erotica. With that said, 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 Westin Portland Harborview and the staff at the Top of the East for hosting us this month. You should go there. They have good food, a great staff, a huge bar with lots of lounge seating, and the best view in Portland. Easy.

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.

Jennifer MacDonald @jennimacdonald and Rich Brooks @therichbrooks

"Networking. Tweets. Fun." - Jennifer MacDonald

"Networking. Creatives. Non-sequitir." - Rich Brooks

Lanna Lee Maheux @lannalee and Lindsay Babayan @lindsaybabayan (wearing one of Lanna's amazing balloon sculptures).

"Friends. Frolic. Fun times." - Lanna Lee Maheux

"Networking. Social. Fun!" - Lindsay Babayan

Emily Qualey @emilyqualey and Meredith Finn @missbumptious

"Holy f*#%ing cow! Can I say that?" - Emily Qualey

"Can I say 'erotic?' Wait ... that was three. Actually it was four. I'm done." - Meredith Finn

Kate Bachman @chiokate and Joan Crocker @joanwoodbrey

"Booze. iPhones. Rich Brooks." - Kate Bachman

"Fun. Friends. Tequila." - Joan Crocker


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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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