Tweet Ups: Good, Bad or Ugly?

Posted on 22nd February 2011 in Dhruv Baker/ imaginary friends/ only dads/ the cake nest/ Twitter

After a lovely, laughter filled conversation with one of my favourite tweeps, I’ve decided I’m, well, undecided, about the whole concept of tweet ups.

I’ve had lots of near misses. I nearly met @MyDaddyCooks, @TheCakeNest and @DhruvBaker1 at Harvest at Jimmy’s.

I nearly met @Kateab and @DhruvBaker1 (oh stop it, I don’t stalk him…..) at The Good Food Show.

I very nearly met @OnlyDads in London – and actually did meet @OnlyMums who was lovely (and gorgeous) although we’d never really tweeted so I’m not sure that one counts as a tweet up.

I’d love to meet @DrewParky BUT surely I would be confused to find that he isn’t 12 and he could only be disappointed that I’m not one of the glamorous mums off Desperate Housewives! (That sounded really, really bad didn’t it….)

Currently I’ve been offered a tweet up by two lovely ladies, both of whom I’m quite intrigued to meet and one of whom I’m quite sure will be nothing like her twitter persona.

And I think that is where the reticence lies for me. I like all my imaginary friends. ALL OF THEM. I like the ones that are nuts, the ones that are serious, the ones who are often a little melancholy and the ones who seem to have insane lives. But I do have a tendency to romanticise things – including people – so would meeting them break the spell?

I’ve spoken to 4 tweeps on the phone. All of whom, without exception, have been wonderful.

So – tweet ups – have you had any good/bad experiences?

Am I being a pansy or am I right to keep my imaginary friends in my head and on my screen?

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7 Comments

  • Reply somethingblonde 22nd February 2011 at 11:48 am

    I’ve only met one – my ‘Twitter best friend’. She was just as lovely in real life as she is on Twitter… but she’s subsequently told me about meeting some other tweeps who, well, didn’t quite live up to expectations (‘mental’ and ‘smelly’ were used in the course of the conversation!). So – yes, it might ‘break the spell’, but it might also lead to a more meaningful friendship. Go for it.

  • Reply Angie 22nd February 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I have met 1 twitter friend and the experience was fab, she was exactly as I had expected, nicer probably.
    We had a great time drinking cocktails in other company (she was part of a group of friends all out for my birthday)
    This meet up gave her the chance to meet another lady from twitter she had never met, but is a friend of mine.
    I think if you go with an open mind, and take things as they come, at the end of the day it’s a chance to meet a new potential friend….

    We have already planned to meet for drinks soon, and in September we along with some other twitter ladies (neither of us have met) are all meeting for a concert…so that will be another tweetup!
    Go for it I say!

  • Reply Him Up North 22nd February 2011 at 11:59 pm

    *scours post for my name…nope can’t see it…* I have a healthy wariness of everyone on Twitter. All mad. 😉

    • Reply CoffeeCurls 23rd February 2011 at 8:12 am

      You know you were one of the 4 lovely people that I’ve spoken to on the phone! x

  • Reply Nat 23rd February 2011 at 6:32 am

    Yes I’ve met loads of twitter folk and mummy bloggers through events we’ve all been invited to it’s been good fun!

  • Reply Ruth 24th February 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I had an American twitter friend come and stay for a week in the Summer. It was fabulous.
    I’ve organised tweet ups and also met people from forums too.
    I think as long as you go with an open mind and an emergency get out excuse then it is all good 😉

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