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tweetup adventures

last night I stumbled onto a tweetup (meetup of twitter people) out at oeno. my relationship with twitter has evolved a lot in the past few months, I bet I've been on the site for a year but for half that time I was using it only to tell my parents I'd landed safely at airports. Recently I've learned that Wichita has a unique twitter scene (as confirmed by twitchiker, who's been everywhere but had great things to say about us). I think what did it for us:
1) A few very enthusiastic twitter proponents like wichitacindy who help and encourage the uninitiated.
2) Wichita is just that sort of town. My dad called it "a small town with 500,000 people" and I didn't know what that meant before I lived here... but the gist is that if you go out anywhere you will find people you know. When Gabriel Iglesias came to down I basically did laps around the cotillion catching up with everyone. It's weirdly easy to feel like you know everybody here.

In fact what changed my twitter habits was a party I went to at my neighbor lynette's, where she explained to me, "oh this is also a tweetup" and I hadn't the foggiest idea what she was talking about. I told the people there who I was on twitter, they laughed at me for having seven followers, I talked to them about different ways to use the site, things spiraled from there.

Anyway so last night... I recognized jason dilts (who I've known for years, outside twitter) out at this wine bar, came up and said hi and he was at a big table of twitter people! many of whom were already following me, we'd just never really connected.

It made me think of magalogs. What I mean is, when I was 13 or 14 the magalogs started coming in the mail... delia's, alloy, you know. I loved the delia's catalog, the colors, the decorating, the idea of looking stylish and edgy for cheap. Then years later delia's built a store in the mall where I lived, I was shocked, I walked in and everything was the same... the colors, the feeling, they did a great job of it. It was like being in a delia's catalog.

So I'm talking to twitter people and what comes up? Current events, new websites we're on, I got to talk about my own website and felt fine about it. It was like being in twitter. All these conversations going on and you could jump in on any one, and there was almost always a website referenced where you could learn more.

It was fabulous though and you've got to know that I love being around people who are cool talking about the internet, I think about the internet way more than I get to talk about it because I'm more addicted than the average person, I think. There are now whole communities of people who encourage this! We can sit at home contently feeding the machines, or go out and talk about the machines, we're pretty comfortable.


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 21st, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
Interesting collection of spam you got here ;)
Mar. 21st, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
dude, 14 comments! I got like three a few days ago on an entry, similar weird bullshit. what's with the lj spam all the sudden?
Mar. 21st, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
I dunno. I have anonymous commenting disabled. Maybe you might want to consider the same ;)
Mar. 21st, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
You should have come up and said hi to me, I was DJing. I'm on twitter too (@joshdutcher). SAD FACE!
Mar. 21st, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
dang it, sorry josh, I should have said hi! I'm totally used to delegating my husband as our household representative to the DJ scene, anyone playing music isn't usually terribly interested in meeting me, I forgot we had another connection!
Mar. 21st, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
I've no interest in Twitter, but I will be in Wichita towards the end of April. It had better be awesome, I made it a stop on my trip because you're always bragging about how great it is. :)
Mar. 21st, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
I just wish Twitter's popularity had happened to a better site. Twitter has such a poor design, poor implementation, and poor scalability :( Everything about it is horrible except for the basic idea of entering short micro-entries and having it show up on your follower's screens.
Mar. 21st, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
yeah... what's killing the scalability you think? ruby-on-rails?
Mar. 22nd, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
Small world: Jason Dilts was a student of mine a couple of semesters ago. He really is a phenom kinda guy and incredibly motivated.

I have yet to venture onto Twitter I'm not sure if I need anymore social pages.
Mar. 22nd, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
I definitely don't go looking for more social pages... I believe in better ones though. Facebook annoys me, myspace seems silly. Twitter isn't really a "social networking" site anyway, it's blogging, only character-limited to make it easy for everyone. I'm spacefem on twitter which I really like. You're supposed to be your "real" self on facebook, which I don't find as interesting.
Mar. 24th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
I LOVED the Delia catalogs. I'd forgotten about them until you just mentioned them.

I've been considering going to a tweetup here that one of my twitter obsessed followers is helping to put together, and I think you've sealed the deal. Thanks for sharing :) Seems like everything I see about twitter is negative these days, it's nice to see something positive come out of it.
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