Oh yes I AM blogging ’bout this.
After several Tweetups, I’ve noticed the same things happening over and over and I am no longer keeping my piehole shut. So to all who go to Tweetups, PLEASE FLIPPIN’ READ.
1. Organizers: please, I beg you, pick a place where the music is not super duper loud – especially during conferences.
Am I the only one who repeatedly have these conversations?
Person: “Hi I’m adlskjfd.”
Person: “I AM ALKSJLSDF”
Person: “MY NAME IS A:LSKDJSAL, WHAT’S YOURS?”
Me: “I AM SORRY, CAN’T HEAR. TWEET ME!!!!”
Me: (gestures to phone and shows Tweetie, as if to Tweet me)
Me: “SO SORRY. BYE!”
Not sure about you, but the reason I go to swanky bars and pay for overpriced drinks at conferences is to meet and connect with those I’ve been interacting with online in, you know, person. I am tired of losing my voice just to learn someone’s name. Especially after a conference where the yelling happens three or four days in a row.
2. People: please, please, please, step your agenda games up!
Look, you may or may not have an agenda and you may or may not show up to Tweetups with your agendas. Whatever, that’s fine. I respect your hustles. But please quit being so damn lame.
If you’re there to network, show up with a few more questions other than: “So what do you do? Who are you on Twitter? How many followers do you have?” OR “I am BLAH. I did BLAH. I am SO womp, womp, womp. I know ‘name drop’ and ‘another name drop’ and ‘yet another name drop’. Do YOU know these people? Aren’t I so great?”
…do you realize how STUPID you sound?
Try to be more interesting, ask a few questions that shows you are interested in the person you are talking to, and learn who or what they are about. Small talk 101.
I swear, the next person who gets all PR on me, I’ll punch in the throat. Ok, fine. That’s a lie. Since I’m not violent, I’ll just respond in Japanese.
3. Last but not least: EVERYONE. Get separate tabs or PAY YOUR PORTION OF THE MOTHER EFin BILL.
The math isn’t tough, folks. You drink, you pay. You order, you pay. You eat off someone’s plate – at LEAST offer to chip in some tip – it’s common. flippin’. sense.
If you can’t or don’t want to pay, don’t order! Or better yet, STAY HOME.
I cannot believe how many people skip out on the bill. I don’t get it, I really don’t. Where are your manners and common courtesy? Seriously.
I am truly embarrassed for us (the Twitterverse / Internet) that I have to blog about this -especially the third point.
Are we really this socially inept?