Twitter meetups, or Tweetups, start as discussions around certain topics or interest and culminate at a physical meetup event. As SXSW comes up, you might want to organize a Tweetup to create buzz around your company or product, or participate in one for networking purposes. Mashable posted some great tips for creating a Tweetup and we’re sharing some of our favorites.
Utilize your Twitter network as a way to drum up support, help and ideas.
Plan for more people to show up than you think. It’s Twitter. These people do know how to spread the word better than anyone…
Everyone should be welcome and thus you should plan to accommodate them.
Use a service like Eventbrite, Amiando or meetup.com to organize your guests, collect donations and otherwise provide shareable content. It takes all the legwork out of the administrative work that a large Tweetup entails. If you are planning on a smaller gathering…this may not be necessary and you can use Facebook or your blog to organize.
Collect business cards. Event dependent; most folks will be card carrying members of the business/technology world and will be at the Tweetup to network.
Provide food. If you schedule a Tweetup around a meal…provide food. If you DON’T plan on providing food, definitely inform your attendees