Another #LRTweetup: Join Us Next Week for the LRTweetie Awards!

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The Tweeties, 5:30 p.m., May 18 at Juanita's in Little Rock

Can you believe it? The #LRTweetup community marks a full year of Tweetups a week from today at the first LRTweetie Awards, set for 5:30 p.m. May 18 at Juanita’s in Little Rock. You can RSVP right here, right now. Please do. We’d love to see you there!

Arkansas Business’ Sam Eifling, himself an avid Twitter, notes the event in this week’s Arkansas Business:

On May 18, the loose band of Twitter users who have made Little Rock Tweetups a monthly rite of beery canoodling are getting together at Juanita’s Cafe & Bar in Little Rock for the Little Rock Tweeties – an awards night to recognize the most clever and creative among this digital tribe. Organizers took nominations in such categories as “Best Twitter Conversationalist,” “Most Likely to Go on a Twitter Rampage” and “Tweet of the Year” on LRTweetup.com.

The notion of handing out awards for tweeting makes you wonder just how interesting some people find their navels. But the entire tone of the enterprise has been tongue-in-cheek, and a nod to the bona fide human connections that the Tweetup crowd seems to have stumbled onto while trying to network.

Tonque-in-cheek indeed. This whole #LRTweetup enterprise was founded nearly on a lark. And you can read much more about the history of the event (in which I played a small role), plus other stories from the #LRTweetup community, right here from the people who lived it. Throughout the year, this ecosystem of 140-character oversharers has raised money for nonprofits, shared many thousands of MBs of information and helped cultivate a stronger, more connected business community. And this is just the start.

“We’re doing more than just throwing a party for a networking group that has provided a way to connect with colleagues and friends through social media,” said Keith Crawford, one of the founders of the LRTweetUp (@LRTweetUp). “We’re celebrating the creation and growth of a community that has transformed the way many professionals in Little Rock cultivate relationships, do business and promote advocacy and  goodwill initiatives through philanthropic efforts. The LRTweeties are a simple, light-hearted way of honoring that.”

The full news release, containing more event details after the jump. But first, take a stroll back in time with photos and coverage of our first #LRTweetup events.

The first event: Tonight’s the Night We Tweetup in Little Rock

Photos! Video! Scenes from a Little Rock Tweetup

The second event! It’s Upon Us! Tweetup at Capital Bar & Grill

Great success! Photos! Pics from the Second #LRTweetup

Fancy Name Tags! Twitter Widows! Pics from the Third #LRTweetup at Copper Grill

Twestival Day!

Me, on Twitter: @LT

News release:

A Year In The Making: 140 Characters At A Time
Local Twitter Community Celebrates Anniversary with Inaugural LRTweetie Awards

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 3, 2010) – Twitter meet ups, or “TweetUps” as they are most commonly referred, seem to be everywhere these days – at conferences, personal interest groups and cities across the country. Typically a way to connect with online friends, meet new contacts and network over a few drinks, the growth and strength of the local “LRTweetUp” community over the last 12 months has blown “typical” out of the water.

Celebrating its first anniversary next month with a spoof-genre awards show appropriately dubbed “The LRTweeties,” this strong gathering of more than 200 users will come together to celebrate a year of professional growth, promotions, friendships and philanthropy in Little Rock.

The grand awards festivity, staged to embody the tomfoolery nature and sarcastic whimsy of that of its followers, will be held Tuesday, May 18 at Juanita’s Mexican Café & Bar beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Finalist voting for all award categories such as “Most Likely To Run For Office,” “TMI Tweep of the Year,” “LOL Tweet of the Year,” “Most Creative Use of Hashtags,” and more will begin this Wednesday.

“We’re doing more than just throwing a party for a networking group that has provided a way to connect with colleagues and friends through social media,” said Keith Crawford, one of the founders of the LRTweetUp (@LRTweetUp). “We’re celebrating the creation and growth of a community that has transformed the way many professionals in Little Rock cultivate relationships, do business and promote advocacy and  goodwill initiatives through philanthropic efforts. The LRTweeties are a simple, light-hearted way of honoring that.”

The LRTweetUp is the result of an idea brought on by two of its co-founding members.  In May 2009 two friends, Angel Galloway (@angelmg) and Natalie Ghidotti (@ghidotti) decided to organize a local meet up to celebrate reaching 400 followers. As the word spread and interest grew, the gathering turned into a series of monthly meet ups with the goal of helping members build personal and professional connections.

The community also began to evolve as a self-proclaimed new breed of civic group. Supporting local charities through fundraising and awareness initiatives, members participated in several programs benefitting Central Arkansas charities throughout the year as well including Heifer International’s “Pass on the Gift” campaign and participation in the state’s first “Twestival” which supported Reach Out and Read Arkansas (RORA), a nonprofit that partners with pediatricians and clinics statewide to raise awareness about early childhood literacy and provides resources to families to encourage reading in the home.

“Although our organization is still young in terms of longevity, our impact and reach on the community can be seen far and wide,” Crawford said.  “Approximately 35 percent of our membership represent the amazing nonprofit organizations making a difference in the lives of those in Central Arkansas every day. Pair that with the sheer volume of volunteer hours, advocacy and contributions to organizations shared across Twitter stream at any given moment, and it’s hard not to be motivated yourself to give back.”

Personal stories from members of the LRTweetUp community, links to voting and more information about the event can be found at http://lrtweetup.com/.

The LRTweeties are presented by the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau (@LittleRockCVB and @RiverMarket) with support from fellow sponsors CustomXM (@CustomXM), Eric, Rob & Isaac Ad Guys (@EricRobIsaac) and ParaTweet (@Paratweet).

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3 Responses

  1. Thanks for the post, LT! It’s going to be a crazy, fun night!

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