Fayetteville Tweets…Live

One of the aspects of Twitter that I’ve come to appreciate most is that it can help to foster a sense of localism by connecting Twitterers to others in their community.  When I first started blogging in 2003 when I was living in Atlanta–and blogging itself was a relative novelty–this sense of localism was a major attraction, but as my blogging practices changed (and after several moves), blogging rarely seemed to serve that function anymore.  Obviously, that potential is still there, but my personal blogging networks seemed increasingly focused on long-distance scholarly connections.  Not a bad thing at all, but a redefinition none the less.

So when I say that I partied like it was 2003 last night at the first ever Fayetteville (NC) Tweetup, I mean that as the highest compliment possible, as the gathering reminded me a lot of my Atlanta blogger meetups back in the day.  We had about a dozen social media geeks chatting about the history of social media, some reminiscing about Usenet and bulletin boards while others of us discussed our different web presences on Facebook, Twitter, and blogs.  And, of course, there was pizza.  Melissa Garcia, the Fayetteville Observer’s Tech Sassy blogger has a few more details (via Gregory Phillips, who was also there), including a link to a streaming video recording of the event captured by Wayne Sutton featuring me talking way too much (probably) after a long day of teaching.  Thanks to Tiffani for setting up the whole thing.

2 Comments »

  1. Melissa Garcia Said,

    September 16, 2008 @ 9:03 am

    Great to meet you there. I had heard about this “Chutry” fellow before :P

    It was a welcoming experience, and I’m glad I’ve been able to connect with the local community by using Twitter. I moved to Fayetteville in May, so it’s definitely helpful in getting to know the people and connect with people who have the same interests and work in similar industries as I do.

    Hope to see you around!

  2. Chuck Said,

    September 16, 2008 @ 9:20 am

    Nice to know that my “Chutry” branding is working. :)

    I’Il was pretty lucky to meet a great group of friends almost immediately after I moved to Fayetteville, but given some of my research interests, it’s nice to be connected to local people who are social media and web design professionals.

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