I joined Twitter Spring of 2009. To be honest, I’d heard about it but thought, I really don’t have time to do any social networking. Besides, what networking? I’m a hugely pregnant work-at-home Mom getting ready to move; it’s not like I’m going to meet anyone. I now laugh at my naivete, because I’ve done a LOT of networking and have met quite a few people with whom I first connected on Twitter. Some of these are local; others are fellow soapmakers who I had the pleasure of meeting in Denver at the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild annual conference.
I met the most recent Twitter friend on Saturday. We’d been tweeting back and forth some, and I’d followed her Etsy post listings and FourSquare excursions. Then, something new popped up. She started posting about a new project she was undertaking with the intriguing name “52 first dates in a year.” The premise is simple: Sarah will go on a date with a different guy every week for a year. Her goal is to meet new people, make new friends and to undertake a courageous voyage of self-discovery. She’s not looking for hook-ups; as she says on her blog, the gentlemen can expect a thank you and at most, a kiss on the cheek at the end of the date. She is also limiting her dates just to guys to whom her friends refer her. And that’s where I came in.
I mentioned that I’ve met some local people from Twitter, and one of those happens to be a gentleman named Craig who was interested in our church. Craig happens to fall within Sarah’s preferred age range, is delightfully social and won’t make the average female want to gouge her eyeballs out after looking at him. I sent Sarah an email recommending Craig to her and after twenty-something emails later – some really long and all under the subject line “date recommendation” (we need a new subject) – we met in person.
When I joined Twitter, I expected to network with other business people and other soapmakers. I expected to use Twitter to promote my business. I never expected to make a very good friend because of Twitter. That ended up being a very pleasant surprise.
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What has been your most memorable Twitter or Facebook experience to date?