We came for the free food and cheep drinks. We stayed for the tweets.
The City of Vaughan was all in a Twitter at the 1st annual #VaughanTweetup. If you don’t know what that is, have no fear. You’re not alone.
As I walked into Alice Fazooli’s, thumbs and eyeballs appropriately glued to my mobile device, I overheard a conversation from some of the non-Twittezens.
“What’s going on in there,” asked one curious Vaughanian, presumably not on Twitter.
“It’s a Tweetup,” the other lady responded.
She received a blank stare for her efforts.
The #VaughanTweetup was a community event organized by Kim Champion of the Vaughan Citizen and Patricia Curto of Vaughan Mompreneuers. It was hosted by Alice Fazooli’s Woodbridge. The event was aimed toward those who work, live, or just tweet in Vaughan, and provided a chance for people who follow each other on Twitter to meet face-to-face.
It’s safe to say it was a success.
Upon entering what can only be described as the Twitter room, the feeling in the air was decidedly different. Most people in the crowd of roughly 50 were busy tweeting, with the occasional pause to sip a beverage or nibble on a complementary slice of pizza.
Moments after announcing my arrival — via Twitter — I was urged to head over and say hello to some of my digital friends, Elliot Silverstein and Carl Minicucci, otherwise known as @esilverstein and @vaughanagent.
It was nice to tweet them.
Over the course of the night, I got to meet several twits who I had communicated with online, and some whom I hadn’t had a chance to tweet. Many were wearing shirts proclaiming “I’m on Twitter @(Twitter handle)”. I opted out, if only to go against the grain.
Since my interests tend to be media-inclined, I particularly enjoyed meeting a local photographer, as well as a Humber journalism grad who pointed out two people had already recommended she enter public relations due to the state of the newspaper industry.
I told her not to get discouraged.
City staff were not out in full force, but corporate communications maven Madeline Zito and history teacher-turned city councillor Tony Carella did make appearances.
Zito’s Twitter feed still consisted of one tweet from Apr. 9, 2010, but Carella Tweeted his arrival.
Things got more interesting as the #VaughanTweetup contest kicked off.
Serendipitously, I won a prize by tweeting a headline for a story I wrote when I was an intern at the Vaughan Citizen. Shameless, but effective. The story was about a local guitarist who had been signed to Gene Simmons’ label, and the headline was “Woodbridge guitarist’s fate sealed with a kiss.”
The prize? A $250 spa package at BodyBare Laser, Skin and Wellness Clinic. I’m not sure how this happened, but it did.
I’ll be sure to put my professional eyebrow wax therapy voucher to use for the next #VaughanTweetup.
Until then, Twitterites.