Gordon Swaby

Sharing a little bit more than 140 characters.

Facebook is for people you already know. Twitter on the other hand, is full of people you want to know.

Yesterday marked  the first “Pegasus Tweet up”, a meetup of people from the popular social networking website, Twitter. The Jamaica Pegasus, located in Kingston, hosted a little over 100 people who were eager to witness the tweetup which was postponed due to the unrest in Kingston.

“Tweeps” finally had the opportunity to match handles/usernames with faces.  The Pegasus Tweet up, arguably is the largest and probably the only formal tweetup in Jamaica to date. The Jamaica Pegasus who organised the event, ensured that everyone was adequately entertained and provided an open bar and a buffett with a wide array of food.

I finally had  the opportunity to get more acquainted with friends like @Jamaipanese, @stunnerj et al , who I’ve known online for years but never had the opportunity to meet until last night.  What was supposed to be a good night for me ended up being a great night, as I won the gate prize. I had no idea there would be a prize draw for a round trip to London via British Airways.

I was most impressed with the Pegasus. I had no idea that, on top of the splendour, they’d offer something as cool as a trip to London for their first tweetup. I was even more surprised that I won; the only thing I have ever won was a Key Ring courtesy of Stunner. Haha! He did say to me, over a year ago, “it’s never too late to start winning”.

Events of these nature, show that companies such as the Jamaica Pegasus are keen on customer satisfaction. I mean how many companies in Jamaica follow consumer trends?  Good Job, Jamaica Pegasus, You’ve taken a bold initiative and have shown how useful social media can be for companies to connect with existing and potential customers. Hopefully other Jamaican companies will follow suit and host events just as good as yours. It may be hard for some to both catch up with social media and host similar events. Pegasus has set the precedence.

What is a tweetup?

A tweetup is an event where people who Twitter come together to meet in person. Normally we connect with our friends online after we have met them. At a tweetup you meet the people you might only otherwise know virtually. Like finally putting a name to a face, a tweetup is a great opportunity to really connect with the people in your network and share just a little more than 140 characters at a time.

Excerpt from: http://socialhat.com/what-is-a-tweetup/

Images courtesy of: http://stunner101.blogspot.com/

Written by Gordon Swaby

Gordon Swaby

Founder and CEO of social learning service EduFocal.com. I’m passionate about technology, the internet and the use of technology in education. I am a recipient of Governor General’s Youth Award, the PSOJ’s 50 Under 50 Award, The commonwealth Youth Award and many others.

Lovingly made on Saturday, June 19th, 2010 at 5:04 pm. Filed under Interesting, Jamaica/Politics, Personal, Tech, Uncategorized.

  • ruthibelle

    I've said already … i'm SOOO not happy I missed this. Sean told me bout it, but then I forgot .. till I saw the posts all over the place talkin bout it in PAST tense.

    Guess that's what I get for punking out on twitter…

    • http://gordonswaby.com Gordon Swaby

      Lol! It's ok Ruth. I'm sure you won't miss the next one:)

  • http://www.jamaipanese.com jamaipanese

    hats off to Pegasus, I've always been a Hilton guy until last night. Good post Gordon.

    • http://gordonswaby.com Gordon Swaby

      Thanks! I'm waiting on your blog post. And pictures!

  • Marangand

    What was the general age of persons who were there? I am suspecting mostly 20's maybe a few 30's and over????
    Man congrats on that trip wininng…I have never won anything like that ever…A trip to London would be great!!!!!! so…the ticket transferable by any chance????? 🙂 Me and u ah big big friend…from blogging, FB and mi fallah you on twitter………….i guess not! lolol

    • http://gordonswaby.com Gordon Swaby

      Lol! Nope they're not. General ages: 20's, 30,'s and 40's.

  • http://stunner101.blogspot.com/ Stunnerj

    Nice post dude! Congrats again on winning the ticket… see I was right! lol!

    • http://gordonswaby.com Gordon Swaby

      Hahah, thanks man!

  • DaProngs

    I never knew about the tweetup. This was a period where I was focusing on school and had decided to give twitter a break, but this one will surely not miss me.

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    hi.very informative. i will send my freinds. thank you.

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