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.