Chirpspace microbloggers meet up in real world

Dunedin tweeter Paul Le Comte tweets by phone at a "tweet-up" at the St Clair Beach Resort...
Dunedin tweeter Paul Le Comte tweets by phone at a "tweet-up" at the St Clair Beach Resort yesterday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Twitter-tweeting digital world networkers met face-to-face as part of a "tweet-up" in Dunedin yesterday.

Seven Dunedin-based tweeters - people who use the social networking service Twitter, took the opportunity to meet at St Clair Beach Resort and share experiences personally.

The tweet-up was organised by avid tweeter and resort resident manager James Hacon.

"There has never been a social tweet-up organised in Dunedin before, so it was a good chance to meet up."

Avid tweeter Paul Le Comte, of Dunedin, who has used Twitter since 2007, now has more than 2200 followers subscribed to receive his tweets.

Mr Le Comte, who is following more than 2300 people on Twitter, said he had made a conscious decision to follow as many Dunedin-based Twitter users as possible.

Since joining the micro-blogging site, he had tweeted more than 14,000 times, and admitted to tweeting from anywhere - including the toilet.

While some people employed aliases, he used his own name and kept his account open for the public to read.

Following the interview, he tweeted "At @stclairresort with ODT talking to the twerps".

Contacted later for his definition of "twerps", Mr Le Comte said it was a typing error - he had meant "tweets".

Fellow tweeter Andrew Long said he was an early Twitter adopter, tweeting since 2007. Last year resulted in Twitter surging in popularity, recording tenfold growth, through celebrities and news events.

A reason for the growing popularity lay in Twitter being "simple and easy to use".

However, to be successful, people needed to put the effort in and tweet regularly.

Mr Long, a University of Otago Information Science lecturer in Information Science, said he had participated in a panel at a conference in Milwaukee in the United States by using Twitter.

hamish.mcneilly@odt.co.nz

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