The most perfect way to describe Twitter comes from Bill Thompson of BBC Radio: “Twitter makes me feel like I am sitting in a cafe surrounded by lots of good friends trying to do some work over a cup of coffee. Every now and then, one of my friends would say something interesting and I can be quickly part of that conversation.”
Nail, meet head.
Being the literal me that I am, I got to see the twitter cafe in action on a trip to Tom Sawyer Country Coffee near Hangman Golf course in Spokane; the trip was twitter on a major caffeine binge.
Lori Divis at Holiday Inn on the Rock in Downtown Spokane organized the tour to Tom Sawyer coffee. In truth, I almost backed out. I had just picked up a new social media marketing client and he wanted tweets tweeted and Facebook facebooked and I have a presentation on Tourism: Social Media Benefits & Networks to write for a class in Moses Lake, AND it was raining. Alas, and to my benefit, go I did.
Every person I met in 1.5 hours of this outing, with the exception of Lori, was someone new to me! (Note: it is a rarity that I know no one at marketing events–no horn tooting, I’ve just had plenty of years of talking to people in Spokane and I tend to talk a lot).
We sat around drinking cold pressed coffee toddies (possible the best thing in coffee EVAH! For DIY try Macheesmo’s method or check out the Toddy Maker “Tom” sells) and conversation flowed, new connections were made, information was passed on and new things were learned. Not unlike twitter, no?
Had I not left my desk to engage in this face to face tweet-a-thon as it were, I would not have discovered:
- The Tomato Lady who will be saving me the trouble of searching out the right tomato plants. She’ll have some ready for me in Spring!
- The importance of travel insurance never would have occurred to me had Donna with Journeys Down Under not mentioned clients who lost luggage during an earthquake in Christchurch. Who would have ever thought? Or what about those who left passports at their hotel while out sightseeing and and ended up losing access to them because of earthquake rubble? Those with passports went on with the rest of the tour, but the others were delayed until something could be worked out. Would never, ever have occurred to me! I usually lock mine in the hotel safe. Hmmm, maybe not so much anymore. (I’m passing this valuable info on to you, peops. Consider this my tweet!).
- Another local Spokane coffee roaster (buy local, support local, right?) who makes a mean Guatemalan roast which is in my French press as we speak and I am loving it.
And, this group of women, who met, connected, and shared around a stranger’s dining room table is meeting again at the Chocolate Apothecary to learn about chocolate and strenghten their connections in April. This could become a regular thing.
Sometimes, you have to walk away from Twitter to grow your social network online and offline. It worked for me. Has it worked for you?