A tweetup is defined as a twitter users get together, usually in a local area.
The general idea would be to gather a set of people who you regularly talk to, who live close by, or who might be in the area visiting, and meet at a pub, a gallery or a park for instance.
Now the world is a lot smaller because of the way we communicate online, and although we may chat to friends in Amsterdam, Stockholm, Tokyo, New York or Hobart, it’s obviously going to be really difficult to get those people in the same place, at the same time, in a real life setting, although that would be very desirable.
So what I’m proposing is to have a global tweetup in Second life, possibly next week.
Second life is a virtual reality meeting place, and in my opinion is more Social Media than a game, some disagree, but whatever position you hold, the fact remains that people do meet there and talk.
Why we’d use Second life is because you can have multiple people in one space, possibly twenty or so, and use voice.
It sounds as though if we had twenty people all talking at once, then conversation would become very difficult to follow, but not really. Being in Second life is a bit like being at a party, it’s only the people that you are standing near who can be heard clearly, so by mixing in and moving around, voices fade in and out just like in real life.
Since the feedback on Twitter was positive, I think we should try it out.
But I would like to get a few things sorted out first, namely a suitable day, and a suitable time.
Some time towards the end of the week would probably best, Thursday, Friday or Satuday night, possibly around nine in the evening, Melbourne time. (+10 AEST).
Those who would like to try this out and hear the voices of those who they tweet with, should create a Second life account as soon as possible, please don’t leave it till the last minute as the software does take a while to download and install, and then there’s an awkward bit as you suddenly try to come to grips with unfamiliar software… don’t be too worried as I can help you with this when we’re there.
We will naturally enough, be using ABC Island as the location.
Secondlife registration and software is available here and is completely free of charge. (Mac/PC/Linux)
If you have questions, you can ask here or tweet with #WolfieTU