Tampa Social Media Day

Posted on 05. Jul, 2010 by in Social Media

Last Wednesday night I went to the Tampa Bay Brewing Company in Ybor City for Tampa’s version of Mashable‘s Social Media Day. Everyone that was planning to attend had been discussing the event on Twitter with the hashtag #TMMUP.

Considering that I hadn’t “gone out” anywhere since having a baby in October 2008, this was a semi-big deal to me even though it seemed like most of the people there attend meetup events regularly. In my case, it just felt odd to be out in public without a diaper bag— let alone out in public without a diaper bag and an alcoholic beverage in my hand.

I met quite a few cool people (not counting the guy sitting next to me at the bar that asked me to “teach him about Twitter” until he noticed I was there with my husband) and I also realized a few important things to take into consideration when you’re going to meet of meet a bunch of people that you “know online”:

  • Arrive on time. This event officially began at 6 PM, but we got there around 7:30 PM. We had to take the Little Diva to grandma and grandpa’s house and drive over an hour to even get to Ybor City, so once we threw in some “stopping to eat dinner” time, we wound up being pretty late.
  • Wear a name tag. Next time I attend any sort of social media event I think I’ll wear a T-shirt with my Twitter name on it. There weren’t any name tag stickers left by the time we arrived and it was pretty noisy inside, so most conversations I had involved, “What’s your name? What? Oh, okay, so what’s your name on Twitter?”
  • Bring a camera. The few photos I have were taken with my iPhone, and they’re pretty low quality because it was so dark inside. I was able to correct them somewhat with Photoshop, but they’re just not that great. I’m sad to admit that I own a $900 camera and left it sitting at home.

5 Responses to “Tampa Social Media Day”

  1. Allie 6 July 2010 at 12:24 am #

    I think your post has inspired me to create my own; never having to worry about places running out of, “Hello, my name is…” stickers. Great post & it was great finally meeting you! I hope I see you around often! :)
    .-= Allie´s last blog ..Pizza Challenge =-.

  2. blitzchamp 6 July 2010 at 12:32 am #

    I love your blog layout, it is very schnazzy. I agree with you about coming on time, I was happy I got there early and got a name tag but a shirt idea is even better. I didn’t take any pictures either but really should have put my camera to some use as well.
    .-= blitzchamp´s last blog ..blitzchamp- -Short-Hair-Diva nice post- =-.

  3. Melissa 6 July 2010 at 11:42 am #

    It was great to meet you too, Allie! By the way, one of my “unicorn” guys wrote back to me the other day and said he would be happy to paint one.

    Glad you like my site, Carlos! It was revamped last week, actually, but it looks like need to change something so I can respond to comments individually.

  4. Murlu 4 August 2010 at 2:28 am #

    Awww, how could I have missed this! Tampa is just under 2 hours away from where I live (north of Orlando) – would have been great to get out there.

    Good to hear that you did. Thanks for sharing :)
    .-= Murlu´s last blog ..1000 Articles In 100 Days – A Challenge From Me To You =-.

    • Melissa 13 August 2010 at 11:20 pm #

      Hey, maybe next time … there are a lot of “tweet-ups” and stuff organized through Twitter and Meetup.com but this was the first one I went to.

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