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How to Make Real-Life Connections Through Twitter: The 1st Atlanta Chicks Tweetup

Posted by rachelwriter on July 17, 2009

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The 1st ATLChix Tweetup at the St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead

I know, I know: what the heck does Twitter have to do with copywriting, anyway?

Well, allow me to take a brief hiatus from the world of copywriting to share with you some highlights of a super-successful all-women’s networking event—brought to you by me and two of my über cool gal pals, Stephanie Frost and Stephanie A. Lloyd.

On July 16, the three of us hosted the very first Atlanta Chicks Tweetup at the stunning St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead (that’s Atlanta proper’s northernmost neighborhood, for all of you non-Atlantan readers).  The vision?  To create meaningful, real-life relationships out of virtual ones—and to bridge the divide between cyberspace and the here-and-now. 

The result?  A pretty darn kick-ass gathering of professional women from all around metro Atlanta!  And, what we hope will be many positive, lasting connections and friendships with each other. 

Out of a whopping 84 “yes” RSVPs, the total head count was seventy-three!  Wow!  (That, folks, is what I call an awesome turnout.)  And, the best part?  It was the most laid-back, relaxed atmosphere you could ever imagine.  Sure, there was a whole lotta estrogen in the air.  But there was no cattiness.  No brattiness.  No female bravado or bitchiness.  Why?  Because we had nothing to sell.  No ulterior motives.  No strings attached.  No competition to be had.

It was, plain and simple, a grand ol’ time.  Nearly 75 women—all in one place at one time—meeting, greeting, and mingling.  Oh, and exchanging business cards, of course.  After all, that’s what networking is all about!

Below are a few photos of the evening, which—by the way—ran from 6:30 p.m. to about 9:30 p.m. (10:30 p.m. for some!).  Of course, for “complete coverage” (ah, that phrase is so redolent of my days in TV news….), be sure to check out Stephanie A. Lloyd’s blog, Radiant Veracity, which chronicles the event in photos and video from preparation to finale.  You can also check out CNN’s iReport, where pro-networker Taryn Pisaneschi submitted some of her video from the event.

Thank you to all of the lovely ladies who attended the first Atlanta Chicks Tweetup and helped make it such a success.  And, very special thanks to our generous sponsors, who happily donated some pretty cool gifts for our goody bags: Swoozies, Lux et Stellae LLC, City Dog Market, Jolie Spa, Charming Charlie, Sweet Riot, Amy Hoga Photography, Bang Salon, Kristi G Company, On The Go Stuff.com, and Fuego Mundo.

 
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One Response to “How to Make Real-Life Connections Through Twitter: The 1st Atlanta Chicks Tweetup”

  1. […] Social media (note, by the way, the term “social”) tools like Twitter are the perfect avenue for this, in my opinion: there’s simply no better or more immediate forum for engaging and interacting with your prospects and current clients than online.  And, even better?  You can take those online relationships and turn them into real-life connections. […]

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