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Coastside Tweetup. Take 2

It’s on.  Again.

Another Coastside Tweetup.  This one takes place on Tuesday, July 22 at 7 pm at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company390 Capistrano Rd. Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

NEW PLAN!  New time and new location.

New time is Tuesday, July 22 at 5:45 pm

New location is at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay, near the firepits in the back.

Blame it all on Scoble.  😉

This tweetup includes Twitter superstar Pistachio – who’s visiting from the eastern coast and just might be given a chance to sign my high school yearbook . (It’s a long story)

Thanks to Francine Hardaway for once again stoking the fires on this.  Everyone is invited.

Helpful hint: If you’re at a loss for how to spot the Tweetup gang once you’re there, just shout out “Does anyone have an iPhone?” If 50% of a circle raises their hand, thats probably the group you’re looking for.

Pics from Coastside Tweetup

coastside tweetup

My pics can be found on Flickr

Ryan Kuder’s are are also on his Flickr account.

And Francine Hardaway published hers to Facebook.

Thank  you to everyone who came out to the coast. I really enjoyed finally meeting Francine Hardaway and spending some time chatting with Shel Israel, Robert Scoble, Steve Gilmore, Ryan Kuder, Jason Ayers, and Jonthan T (Ryan’s business partner). It was the perfect way to spend the day after the 4th of July.

Coastside Tweetup

With the holiday weekend ahead of us, Francine Hardaway and I decided to try to pull together (possibly the first?) tweetup for the Coastside area of Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, and Montara.

This isn’t just limited to folks who live on the coast.  Of course everyone is invited! Here’s the general plan.

We’ll be meeting at Cafe Classique in El Granada at 11 am on Saturday, July 5.  You can get your fill of coffee and pastries there if you haven’t already done so.  Around 11:30 or so, we’re planning on heading out to the world-famous Mavericks surf spot (a very short jaunt from Cafe Classique).  Pic of Mavericks is below



More info on Cafe Classique here: http://www.cafeclassique.com/

Their address is 107 Sevila Ave, El Granada.

Google Map to Cafe Classique (warning: Google Maps gets pretty confused about the Coastside towns.  It’s not sure El Granada exists. You’ll see.)

This is a family and pet friendly Tweetup.  Feel free to bring them along.


We hope to see our Coastside Twitter friends on Saturday and also hope that our friends in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and all the points in between and beyond join us for a fun Tweetup by the ocean.

By the way, I’m jjtoothman on Twitter.  Feel free to follow me, if you aren’t already.  :-)

True Stories From Social Media

This tweet from Ryan Kuder reminded me that it’s time to tell a recent story of reconnecting and discovery.

It started back around March, probably.  I started following Chris Perkett (@missusP on Twitter). I’m not exactly 100% sure how it started, but it was probably due to a reply that Aaron Strout (who I had met at SXSW) tweeted her way about the Red Sox.  I’m pretty much a sucker for any kind Red Sox chatter, online or offline, so anyone talking Red Sox on Twitter is someone I’m going to start following. 

My virtual friendship with Chris evolved from there. Reading and commenting on a blog post or two that she wrote, a nice exchange about what Superman and/or Clark Kent would be tweeting if they were online, friending each other on Facebook…you know how it goes.  One day you’re exchanging tweets, a week later you’re sharing pictures of your kids with each other.

I’ve yet to ask Chris about how the next set of events were initiated.  Holding out because I’m traveling to Boston in September and hoping to hear the story in person at that time. But a couple weeks ago I received a Facebook new friend notification in my email inbox.  Turn out it was from Chris’s husband and it said:

Hi JJ, I see that you’ve connected with my wife and her PR firm…small world since we graduated from GHS together in ’89…hope all is well”

Yup, turns out @missusP is married to Rich Perkett, who I went to school with in Glastonbury, Connecticut and graduated from Glastonbury High School with in 1989.  It was that same year Rich and I got into a police chase while trying to perform some silly senior prank and only escaped Johnny Law by hiding motionless in the woods for about a half hour.  At least, that’s sort of how I remember the story. 

  Glastonbury HS, Glastonbury, CT

So yeah, small world huh?  OK, that’s just the first part of the story. 

Second part of the story starts with Rich’s Facebook profile and discovering that there’s a network setup for Glastonbury High School.  Who knew there was high school networks in Facebook? Certainly not me.  So I start navigating through the pages looking to connect with some forgotten friends only to see the name of another person who I recently met at SXSW. Who at the time, I had no idea I went to high school with.  Who just happened to graduate GHS in 1990, a year after Rich and I did.  The Queen of Twitter herself, Laura Fitton, aka Pistachio on Twitter is a fellow GHS graduate.  

Laura, I remember meeting you in Austin, but sorry…no idea if we crossed paths in Glastonbury.  Who knows?  Maybe we were in a class together.  Maybe we were on the same U.N. Club bus trip to New York City (that club was all about getting out of school for a day to go to NYC, right?).  Or maybe there was a boring Glastonbury Saturday night that we were all in the McDonald’s parking lot looking for stuff to do.  I know Rich and I spent more time than we would care to admit in that lot doing absolutely nothing.

We’re all starting to have similar stories of reconnecting.  As much as I’m enjoying making friends in far away places like Bucharest and Tokyo, the emergent possibilities of reconnecting with social media tools like Facebook and Twitter are equally, if not more, satisfying. 

It has me thinking of Rob Gordon in High Fidelity.  If Rob had Facebook and went to find the members of the “all-time, top-five most memorable breakups” group, he wouldn’t have to use the phonebook to find Charlie Nicholson.

Thoughts on 2008 SXSW Interactive

I’ve been extremely tardy in writing a recap post about my trip to Austin, Texas for the SXSW interactive Festival.  Suffice to say, it was an amazing experience and an event that I will be returning to in years to come.  One thing that was pretty clear about this gathering of technology, interactive, and social media thinkers is that the best content was no where near the panels.  It was everywhere else.  That was easily found in the conference halls, the parties, the back of taxicabs, and even on the plane from SFO to Austin. 

Here’s a bunch of random highlights, notes, and tidbits from my four days in Austin

It’s always good to catch up with old friends and  acquaintances

Folks like Peter Cole (who I hadn’t seen in over 6 years), Marshall Kirkpatrick, Britt Raybould, and Scott Beale to name just a few.  I’ve been fortunate to attend a few industry events in the past year and I’m really enjoying the anticipation of attending the next gathering and connecting with familiar faces. 

Coffee with Sam Lawrence of Jive Software

There’s so many wonderful byproducts to being active on Twitter.  In my job at Stanford University, I’ve been investigating updated intranet solutions to enable improved collaboration across the enterprise and with cross functional project teams.  A few tweets while I was in Austin scored me a Sunday morning coffee meetup with Sam Lawrence of Jive software.  Sam spent an hour of his only day at SXSW showing my Jive’s flagship product, Clearspace.  Very impressive software and I can’t tell you how grateful I am that Sam was willing to take the time to walk me through it. 

Chris Brogan is the nicest guy I’ve met in this industry

Sam and I actually were having lunch a few days after SXSW and we both agreed – while working in technology, we’re hard pressed to think of a nicer guy we’ve met than Chris Brogan.  Chris and I had breakfast on the morning I left Austin and I’m looking forward to further conversations with him.

Finally got to go to a Fray event

Derek Powazek’s Fray is one of the reasons I’m in the "web industry" and I’ve always wanted to go to a Fray day.  Lucky for me, a Fray cafe was organized to coincide with SXSW and attending it was a nice change of pace from the rest of the parties held in Austin. 

The cool kids were in the Blog Haus

Seriously, I could have stayed in the Blog Haus my entire time I was at SXSW.  There were so many excellent conversations happening in there.  I can’t tell you how many times I was ready to head to the next panel, but missed it because of positive discussion taking place in the Blog Haus

"Do whatever is right in front of you"

This is the best advice I got all weekend.  Going with the flow and being open to choosing a different path is the way to maximize your time at SXSW.  With so many choice, you almost have to change your decision making process.  Optimizing your time at SXSW is like a Phish jam…best performed with less planning and more improvising.

Twitter made the SXSW experience go to 11

Expect another post on this subject in the future.  But I was so impressed about the role Twitter played at SXSW, that I returned to Stanford and wrote a proposal for integrating Twitter with the next reunion homecoming weekend. 

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