Want to relive the glory of the #LRtweeties music? Download the .mp3 of the songs.
Just wanted to say a quick thanks for everyone who came out to our first LRTweeties/1 year birthday bash last night. You all made this our largest Tweetup so far.
I’d like to send a special shout out to the others on the planning group with me: @alextcone, @andreasmalec, @angelmg, @ghidotti and @tsudo. Somehow in spite of everything they turned this crazy idea dreamed up over queso into a reality.
We had a great video shot by @jeffdailey and produced with the help of @cueincorporated that is posted below along with the list of winners from last night. Thanks again and lets make year 2 even better.
Twitter Conversationalist – @kerrijack
LOL Tweep – @angryczeck
Twitter Rampage – @amybhole
Tweeter You’d Like to Hear More From – @sarabethjones
Best Tweeting in a Supporting Role – @katiemcmanners
TMI Tweep – @kerrijack
Most Creative Use of Hashtags – @andreasmalec
Deep Tweets – @alextcone
Most Likely to Run for Office – @blakerutherford
Best Live Tweeting – @tolbertreport
Most Random Tweets – @angryczeck
Best Biz Tweeter – @capitalhotel
Best Use of Twitter for Pushing Only Your Blog – @blakerutherford
Night Owl Tweets Award – @tsudo
Most Likely to Break Twitter (Most Prolific Tweep) – @kerrijack
Plays Nicest in the Sandbox – @katiemcmanners
Best Twitter Couple – @bryanjones & @sarabethjones
Puddy Tat – @cmcase
Party Tweep – @robbymatthews
Best Out of Town Tweep – @cateyleo
Best Cameraphonoatography (Twitpic of the Year) – The gym locker by @amybhole
Tweet of the Year – “My “k” is sticking. And I’m writing lots of copy about Arkansas this afternoon. I’m fuced.” by @amybhole
Twitter meet ups, or “TweetUps” as they are most commonly referred, seem to be everywhere these days – at conferences, personal interest groups and cities across the country. Typically a way to connect with online friends, meet new contacts and network over a few drinks, the growth and strength of the local “LRTweetUp” community over the last 12 months has blown “typical” out of the water.
The grand awards festivity, staged to embody the tomfoolery nature and sarcastic whimsy of that of its followers, will be held Tuesday, May 18 at Juanita’s Mexican Café & Bar beginning at 5:30 p.m. Finalist voting for all award categories such as “Most Likely To Run For Office,” “TMI Tweep of the Year,” “LOL Tweet of the Year,” “Most Creative Use of Hashtags,” and more will begin this Wednesday.
“We’re doing more than just throwing a party for a networking group that has provided a way to connect with colleagues and friends through social media,” said Keith Crawford (@tsudo), one of the founders of the LRTweetUp (@LRTweetUp). “We’re celebrating the creation and growth of a community that has transformed the way many professionals in Little Rock cultivate relationships, do business and promote advocacy and goodwill initiatives through philanthropic efforts. The LRTweeties are a simple, light-hearted way of honoring that.”
The LRTweetUp is the result of an idea brought on by two of its co-founding members. In May 2009 two friends, Angel Galloway (@angelmg) and Natalie Ghidotti (@ghidotti) decided to organize a local meet up to celebrate reaching 400 followers. As the word spread and interest grew, the gathering turned into a series of monthly meet ups with the goal of helping members build personal and professional connections.
The community also began to evolve as a self-proclaimed new breed of civic group. Supporting local charities through fundraising and awareness initiatives, members participated in several programs benefiting Central Arkansas charities throughout the year as well including Heifer International’s “Pass on the Gift” campaign and participation in the state’s first “Twestival” which supported Reach Out and Read Arkansas(RORA), a nonprofit that partners with pediatricians and clinics statewide to raise awareness about early childhood literacy and provides resources to families to encourage reading in the home.
Personal stories from members of the LRTweetUp community, links to voting and more information about the event can be found at http://lrtweetup.com/.
The LRTweeties are presented by the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau (@LittleRockCVB and @RiverMarket) with support from fellow sponsors CustomXM (@CustomXM), Eric, Rob & Isaac Ad Guys (@EricRobIsaac) and ParaTweet (@Paratweet).
You can download or print the press release here
Finalist voting is goes live this Wednesday so we wanted to give a sneak peek of the pictures that have been submitted for “Best Cameraphonoatography”. The are shown in no particular order.
Update: Unfortunately we are must disqualify the Paris picture as it was not taken with a cameraphone. We apologize that we weren’t more clear in category requirements. The category is “Cameraphonoatography” so only pics taken from mobile phones are allowed. Our mistake. Thanks to @ashahrens for her honesty and for sharing this amazing picture with us. Update #2: Matt also shared that his pic was found not taken. We’ve taken it off the ballot.
Winter Wonderland by @sarabethjones
Paris by @asharens [Disqualified]
The Gym Locker by @amybhole
The Commandeered Table by @jgreghenderson
The Backpack by @mattowenmatt [Disqualified]
Christmas Jubilee by @bootsmc
In the midst of the storm by @pstrack
I was chatting with @tsudo last week after the Heifer Village @passonthegift LRTweetup, and bemoaning how few people we had managed to capture on video telling their stories for the upcoming Tweetie Awards.
Thanks to the generous, creative and talented @jeffdailey, we should have an amazing video highlighting our community, a representative few of its members and how they came to be involved with Twitter and LRTweetup.
It will be kinda like the death reel during the Oscars ceremony, the small serious moment amidst all the laughs and awards fun. Except everyone in ours is still alive. At least I hope they will be. Perhaps this is a bad comparison. Let’s move on.
To those of you who participated, thank you. To those of you who couldn’t make it, I’m sorry we missed you. Those of you who slipped past me, I saw you (not naming names @bryanjones). Those of you who flat out refused, I know where you live (we all do, since you’re always checking in from there). And while you avoided me, @jeffdailey and his professional lav mics, as a person who’s much better behind a keyboard than in front of a camera, it’s okay. I understand.
So here’s your chance to make it up to me.
I will accept, in no particular order: Cash (small bills preferred), Food (wide preference here, but partial to Vietnamese restaurants and greasy burger joints), Drinks (wine or beer, and no, I’m not doing shots with you @jgreghenderson) or to make things simple you could tell me your story here, right now.
Who or what got you started on Twitter?
How did you hear about LRTweetup?
What’s your favorite thing about this community?
Boxers or briefs?
Well, perhaps not that last one, unless you really want us to know. And I’m not sure what that says about you.
It doesn’t have to be fancy, although you can submit video as well as audio if you please. It just has to be yours. And after spending a year around you people, I for one would really like to hear it. I’m betting the rest of us might, too.
Leave your story in the comments below, upload a video to your favorite video site, record your story, (Cinch makes this very easy) or blog your story (if you don’t have a blog, email your story to keith [at] lrtweetup.com and we’ll post your story here). – Keith
It all started several Mondays ago with myself and @alextcone almost getting killed in a car wreck on our way to Juanita’s. Separately, mind you, not together in the same car, clutching each other and screaming “NOT BEFORE I’VE SEEN PARIS IN THE SPRINGTIME!” Actually that last part might have just been me.
I’m all about full disclosure, and I’ve taken great pains to make this account as factual as possible lest anyone accuse me of hyperbole (disclaimer: I have worked in advertising, so virtually everything I say can safely be taken at face value). None of the names have been changed to protect anyone, not that I could vouch for their innocence anyway, I mean, come on, you’ve all seen them drink.
That being said, Alex and I were gathering with @jgreghenderson, @ghidotti and NKOTB @andreasmalec to discuss the upcoming anniversary of LRTweetup. @tsudo was absent, but accounted for, having suspiciously been called “out of town” that day in what I suspect was an attempt to avoid @jgreghenderson’s annoying penchant for thumb wrestling for the lunch check.
After checking in at Foursquare, Gowalla, Twitter, Facebook (I lost count at that point), orders were taken, an obscene amount of queso was consumed and talk quickly turned to what type of event should take place for the one-year anniversary of our unique little group.
I blame the fact that I had just watched my life pass before my eyes and had been forced to consider my own mortality (all before noon) for my response when, like your favorite kindergarten teacher, @ghidotti asked everyone to go around the table and briefly state what they enjoyed most about the LRTweetup group.
When it was my turn, I sappily recounted watching all the tweets this past New Year’s Eve, many echoing the same sentiment I felt: how happy/lucky/surprised/grateful/blessed everyone was to have meet this unique cast of characters on the Internet, of all places, and on the cacophony that is Twitter, even so, and ultimately IRL, stranger yet.
I waxed poetic, as did my dining companions, on how friendships had been forged, business partnerships explored, jobs won and knowledge shared, and how much we had learned about each other, ourselves and this social media landscape we now inhabited.
Then the boys (and Andrea) started frog punching each other at the table and agreed all that talk about FEELINGS was great and stuff but ultimately we should just have fun.
So you know what happened next, right? When a group of people find themselves joined around a meaningful but admittedly somewhat narcissistic pursuit that involves the daily sharing of our lives, blogs, links, jokes, twitpics and minute-to-minute locations pinpointed with GPS accuracy?
We give each other awards, of course. DUH.
What better way to celebrate a year of making a community, 140 characters at a time, than by honoring that community with some of the most ridiculous Twitter awards we can imagine?
Allow me to introduce…
We got the ball rolling with some initial categories. You’ll have the opportunity to add your own. Categories and a call for nominations will be posted right here in the next few days, along with information in the coming month on the awards venue (thanks to @andreasmalec and presenting sponsor @LittleRockCVB we will have actual awards), a possible celebrity emcee and an opening act you won’t want to miss.
I can’t take credit for the idea. In fact, I’m not sure now who even suggested it (but if you hate it, then I’m pretty sure it was Alex). But I can say I can’t think of a better time than laughing at each other, and with each other, while celebrating all the crazy fantastic people and personalities that make up LRTweetup.
Except maybe Paris in the springtime. I really should get on that.