The TweetUp is not restricted to conference attendees; all Catholic social media users are welcome for an opportunity to meet with other bloggers and Twitter users, network with fellow Catholics, discuss how we use social media to share the Gospel, or to just enjoy a cold drink at the end of the day!
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Tonight I had the immense pleasure of gathering with about 12 other Catholic bloggers and Twitter users at the NCCL convention in Atlanta, Georgia. We sat around, enjoyed some great local beer, and discussed everything from the Blessed Virgin’s role as the model catechist to WordPress configurations; Twitter clients to the Civil War War of Northern Aggression; protecting yourself online to the number of hits our sites get.
It was a very diverse group, but I was amazed at how quickly we fell into easy conversation. That is, I think, one of the gifts of Catholicism: a shared culture and experience that allows us to relate to one another despite any superficial differences. It is also a gift of social media: I knew several of the people even though we had never met face-to-face. Combined, Catholicism and social media make a potent combination. I’m convinced that we’ve only seen the beginning of what we can accomplish with these new tools.
Thank you again to everyone who came out for the TweetUp. Hopefully this will become an annual event; for my part, I will certainly work to see that it is.
For anyone who will be attending the 2011 NCCL conference — or if you’re just in the Atlanta area — we’re going to have an old-fashioned Tweet-Up on Monday, May 23rd, around 9p ET (after the Sadlier event) at Twenty-Two Storys, the lobby bar and restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.
This will be an opportunity to meet with other Catholic bloggers and Twitter users to network, discuss catechesis and social networking, or just enjoy a cold drink at the end of the day!
This is completely unofficial; it’s not in the conference program, so please help me spread the word through Twitter, Facebook, or your blog!