My introduction to the popular social networking site, (the one not depicted in a feature-length film), Twitter, coincided with the launch of this blog. I was aware that it was a powerful tool for those who are capable of wielding it properly, but I was convinced I wouldn’t have anything worth sharing in less that 140 characters. After a few months of sporadic use and few Tweets other than the notice of new blog postings, I am still learning the intricacies and capabilities of the network. The Wife however, has taken to it like a fish to water. This past weekend we enjoyed the culmination of what I refer to as our introductory period. The Wife arranged, through a group of local tweeters, to meet at a specific location and try to enjoy more traditional conversations, you know, face to face.
This #tweetup occurred at Rockventures indoor rock climbing facility as many of the group are quite active and it is the middle of winter in Upstate New York after all. I had not previously spoke, or tweeted, with any of the people we were about to meet but that didn’t seem to matter. We met, were belay trained, climbed, conversed, and learned the difference between the daisy chain and the grigri with a group of like-minded Rochesterians, who previously shared nothing in common except an interest in sending and receiving curiously small amounts of information.
As The Wife and I were belaying for one another, we failed to snag any photos of us actually climbing the walls, but enjoy some photos of other members of the #tweetup scaling the artificial cliffs.
So I send out a thank you to Camille, Andy, Josh, Dave, Kelly, Marissa, and Ashley for a great time and I look forward to the next #tweetup and growing our numbers.