Next tweetup: Thursday, March 10th, 2011 – RSVP now!
Last Thursday, 13th January 2010, saw the first #themeet140 by the sea in Brighton. Myself and Steve Ward (@cloudninerec), my partner in crime co-organiser, were both really excited about the event. There’d been a great buzz in the build up to the event, with a brilliant crowd of Sussex based twits keen to get along to their first local #themeet140 as well as some London based #themeet140 veterans registered to come along.
At 4pm, a few of us hard core locals headed for a very wet Brighton pier for some pre-meet fun and frolics. Sadly, Horatio’s bar was closed so, not wanting to dampen spirits, we quickly headed over to The Cricketers for some much needed shelter, some beer/wine/vodka/coffee and a good old chinwag about everything ranging from dropbox.com to tattoos to the weather to venues for future tweetups. And it was great to be joined by @chris_hall1, one of #themeet140’s co-founders.
The main event kicked off at 6pm at The Waterbar in the Thistle Hotel. The Waterbar’s a great space for a tweetup – near enough to the station, round the corner from all the great Brighton shops and just opposite the pier. Perhaps a trifle pricey and an “interesting” choice of background music – but great for our first meetup.
And, after chatting to everyone there, along with looking at the twitter stream through the evening (a whopping 183 of them!!) and afterwards, I think it’s safe to say it was a roaring success. There was a great atmosphere and really friendly buzz about the whole thing. I think this tweet from @Alice_Reeve sums up it up beautifully. Click here if you’d like to take a peek at the full twitter stream for the event.
And this wordcloud captures the essence of what people were tweeting. Click on the image to see a large version of it.
It’s great to see the top tweeters from the night in there as well as some brilliantly positive words and sentiments used through the evening.
And, of course, we took a load of pics. You can see mine below or on Flickr…. and a big thanks to the lovely @saraheadworth for doing a great job of capturing the event. You can see Sara’s pics below or check them out on Flickr.
Our next #themeet140 by the sea, Brighton is on Thursday, March 10th, 2011 – RSVP now! We’re looking around at potential venues right now – if you’ve got any great suggestions, then do drop a comment below or get in touch with me or Steve.
Finally, Steve and I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who made it along – you make these events so special, so thank you. And, we can’t wait to see you at the next one!