I'm not going to lie, this post is 100% inspired by this blog post by Adriel Hampton (@adreilhampton). Mr. Hampton is a "journalist, Gov 2.0 and new media strategist, public servant, and licensed private investigator" in San Francisco. His blog post highlighted the Edmonton Twitter community, known by our hashtag of #yeg, as a wonderful example of how a good Twitter can be built.
I've never much thought about it before, likely because I'm so engrained in the community myself, but Twcommunityitter really has brought Edmonton closer together than ever. Not only do ordinary people use twitter, but several local TV and radio personalities use twitter as well, to directly interact with the community. This has allowed for a more direct approach to them, and personally makes me feel much more connected to those organizations, because often times I can say something to them, or ask a question, and get a real, personal response.
So often what makes Twitter great is the people you interact with. What has really solidified it for me is the people I have met, face to face. I think that's part of what make our community unique, and has really added a more personal touch. The fact that I've actually met, and spent time with, the people I'm having a conversation with on Twitter adds an extra depth of meaning to what we are talking about. Sure it's easy to talk to someone through Twitter, but taking the time to actually get to know personally has transformed my perception of the service. I know one of my goals for 2010 is to go out to more of our Twitter meetups than I have been this year. The friendships and connections that are being built there are too valuable to ignore. Part of that goal is to try to get even more people to come out to those meetups. There are hundreds of people on Twitter in the Edmonton area, but for most of our large meetups we are getting 30-40 participants. There are new faces every time, which is good, but the more personal the experience becomes, the more powerful Twitter becomes. Twitter may be one of the more powerful communication tools of the decade, and leveraging it's power is something that can be very useful.
Edmonton owes a lot to Mack Male (@mastermaq) for really kickstarting the community. Without him, it would not be where it is today, and he is still one of the leaders. If you are in Edmonton, and not following him, you should be. If something is happening in Edmonton, chances are he's tweeted about it.
2009 was the breakout year for Twitter, and here in Edmonton, we embraced it and took it to an entirely new level. I absolutely cannot wait to see what 2010 brings.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I must go get ready for our #yeg holiday meetup tonight. Hope to see you there. Info can be found here.
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