Twitter In Real Life

Having just returned from two Tweetups in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee, people may be wondering why I would fly all the way to another state just to meet a bunch of folks I don’t know.

I have never been to Tennessee, plus I’ve been tweeting with @HowellMarketing and @joycecherrier for about two years now and thought wow, how wonderful it would be to meet these friends on Twitter in real life.


  So on a whim, I flew out to Tennessee with @MomsofAmerica to meet up with and support our real life friend,@JessicaNorthey and her #CMChat along with @HowellMarketing and @joycecherrier.
  The five of us took a fun girl’s road trip to Nashville, Tennessee and attended the Tweetup at Swanky’s Taco shop, and then we turned around the next day to meet up with some more Twitter friends in real life back in Memphis.
  We met some fantastic artists, @CraigMoritz , @leegibsonmusic and @ben_gallaher in a cozy friendly venue and enjoyed their music and great voices in person. All three are super nice!
  I also had a chance to meet @markwschaefer. I recently started following Mark’s blog and it was great to have the opportunity to meet him in person in Nashville. He gave us a nice gift, The Tao of Twitter, but I forgot to get an autograph from you Mark! ツ
  If it wasn’t for Twitter, I may have never met all these wonderful people from Nashville and Memphis.  @JessicaNorthey and @HowellMarketing did an excellent job at bringing all the folks together at their events.
  The most common question I kept getting asked at these Meetups was, “How do you have so many followers?” My answer is simple: Your followers are not just a number; these people are real, except for the bots. The numbers don’t really mean much unless you get ‘out there’ and build real relationships and engage with your Twitter followers. Give more than you take is my motto.  
  The trip to Tennessee was fun and I got to meet so many fantastic Twitter friends in real life at both of these events.  I even picked up my first pair of cowboy boots with Amy Howell and saw cotton fields for the very first time.
  It was great meeting everyone in Memphis and Nashville!
  Photography by Ann Tran
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20 Replies to “Twitter In Real Life

  1. Wow, looks like a fun time! So sweet that you shared this, so nice to see people @ tweetups getting to know one another! Bravo Ann!!

  2. Looks like a missed a great time! I grew up in Tennessee, about an hour east of ‘Nash Vegas’. It is very beautiful there. I didn’t know Twitter was so popular in that are. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  3. Ann,
    From the bottom of my heart I am so grateful that you came to visit in Tennessee. I loved spending time with you once again. Can’t believe that twitter has given me the opportunity to become close to someone like you. Our friendship means so much to me and truly cherish and honor it.
    Your support of #CMchat makes me beyond honored.
    I don’t even know how to say what I want to say but my eyes tearing up at the gratitude says more than I can with words.

  4. Ann – what a wonderful way to meet so many lovely people. It was a pleasure to meet you and the rest of the ladies, and I am SO happy I came down and had the chance. Thank you for ALL your kind support of Craig Moritz too, and I will be checking into your tips and tricks. Thanks for those too.


  5. Ann, it was great to get a chance to talk with you and the rest of the crew as you were all headed to Nashville. Folks who don’t “get” social media don’t understand the real-life connections and opportunities they are missing.

    Glad you all had a chance to get together in real life. Hoping I’ll make it for your next road trip!

  6. Thank you so much for your post about your recent tweet ups – loved watching all the fun that you ladies (and a few brave gents) had at the live #CMChat. Pictures from tweet ups popping up live at the best!

    I appreciate all your Twitter sharing and being such an inspiration to me.
    Peggy <3

  7. What fun! Thanks for sharing your adventures with us Ann.

    Would love to join all you lovely people on one of your Tweetups one of these days- I am just waiting for the right lottery numbers to come up to finance my American adventure 🙂


  8. How wonderful!!

    I’ve made some wonderful friendships on twitter & look forward to meeting my peeps at some point.

  9. Wow, Ann…what a beautiful bunch of women! It looks like you all had such a fun time.

    I hope to join you all someday soon and look forward to next year’s TweetUp in Sun Valley, Idaho 😉

  10. Sounds like a blast!!! We’re spur of the moment folks at the MidLife Road Trip so let us know when you are ready for another impromptu Tweet-up! We look forward to meeting you IRL!

  11. Thanks Ann! So wonderful to meet you in person. You are an inspiration and loved out talks. When meeting a twitter friend in irl, I think we always hope they will be who we think they are — and you and Debra, Amy and Jessica were even more fantastic in person. Love you all!

    1. I’ll second that comment! You guys were so fun to have in TN and there was a big sucking sound (and feeling) when you left! Please come back anytime and we’ll have to find more excuses to see each other iRL. love to all!

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