Half Moon Bay Tweetup!

I drove to Half Moon Bay by myself to my first twitter meetup on July 22, 2008. I heard about it from Laura Fitten (@pistachio, http://pistachioconsulting.com/).  Laura and I are connected through Twitter.com.

The drive was longer than I expected.  I initially thought Half Moon Bay was near Stinson Beach.  It’s not.  The drive ended up being almost two hours, including San Francisco Bay Bridge traffic that I had to pass through.  The closer I got to Half Moon Bay, the more beautiful it was.

I was reminded of the only other time I had been there.  In high school my science class had gone to Half Moon Bay for a fieldtrip to see the tide pools.  That memory and the view around me made me eager to plan a trip their again soon, with my kids.

I finally arrived at the Half Moon Bay Ritz-Carlton!  It was a stunningly beautiful hotel nestled next to the bay.  The view was incredible!  We were supposed to be meeting by the fire pit on the ocean side of the Ritz.  What I didn’t realize was that the Brainstorm: TECH Conference that I had heard talk about was also going on there at the same time!  In the same location!  It was so crowded with people it was difficult to get to the fire pit area,  which by-the-way contained no fire.

I first spotted Lucretia (@geekmommy)!  Laura Fitten (@pistachio) was also there!  Lucretia and Laura are both twitterfriends of mine and we recently met face to face for the first time last week at the San Francisco BlogHer ’08 People’s Party.  I stayed with Lucretia, most of the time, and got to meet her family, her husband and adorable daughter!  I met Shel Israel (@shelisrael) , also Ryan who has a startup and no business card!  Robert Scoble was there, and I had orignally hoped to meet him, but in the end I was standing next to him and didn’t make the effort.  He seems very friendly, maybe next time.  He actually looked much younger in person than I had expected from the pic on his blog.  There was a barbie doll version of him floating around that was hilarious!

Funny story.  While I was standing next to Robert Scoble I was trying to set the date on my camera and had it pointed down and ended up taking a pic of his shoes!  Made myself laugh!

The BrainstormTech people were beginning their dinner outside near our meeting spot and everyone started leaving the tweetup to find dinner elsewhere.  Men that looked very much like secret service men, with the dark suits and earpieces, told us we had to leave.  Right before that a woman had told me that I wasn’t supposed to be taking pictures.  Oops, too late!  (If I suddenly disappear, you’ll know why).

I had talked with Cathryn Hrudicka (@creativesage) on twitter and had hoped to meet her some time soon, but I didn’t realize that she was going to be at this meetup, so when she came up to me I didn’t place her at first, but luckily she did me.  I was very pleased to meet her!  She had ridden with another couple who initially wanted to leave early, so I offered to give her a ride home.

I was a little nervous about driving out of Half Moon Bay at night because there had been quite a few turns and I didn’t have clear directions home.  I initially wanted to leave before dark, but Brian Solis’s cheeseburger description changed my mind.  Luckily Cathryn knew her way around Half Moon Bay a bit more than I did so between the both of us we found the restaurant and the rest of the group.

The restaurant was part of a hotel, simple but nice.  We had a table of twelve that included Laura Fitten, Shel Israel, Stowe Boyd, Brian Solis, Cathryn and myself.  Cathryn and I ended up sitting across from Brian and Stowe.  They seem to know each other quite well and were enjoying the night and a bottle of wine.  After we all got aquainted they wanted to get another bottle of wine and share it with Cathryn and I.  I was driving, but was really good and only had a small glass.  I had my friends on twitter DM (Direct Message) me to remind me not to drink too much wine!  (Thank you Mark and Tina!)  Brian and Stowe were a lot of fun and Cathryn and I really enjoyed the dinner.

Even though we got turned around a bit at first, the drive home was very enjoyable thanks to Cathryn’s company.  It was such a pleasure to get to know her.

Even though I had a long drive by myself, I am so glad I made the effort.  I got to see some special friends again, and make some wonderful new friends.

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A Twitter Birth!

We had a Twitter proposal (see my other post, Twitter Marriage Proposal), now we have a twitter birth! And it’s a boy!

@ModernMatriach twittered her whole labor and delivery! follow along and share her pain and joy! (She chats with another twitter member, @cass also in labor.)

ModernMatriarch

ModernMatriarch cass – time them. duration and space between 05:51 PM July 09, 2008 from mobile web

ModernMatriarch first BP – 170/113 – that can’t be good. another reading in 5 min. 06:00 PM July 09, 2008 from mobile web

ModernMatriarch worried about Cass. You ok? 06:01 PM July 09, 2008 from mobile web

ModernMatriarch second reading – 164/106. Crap. 06:06 PM July 09, 2008 from mobile web

ModernMatriarch 3rd = 156/110. I 06:15 PM July 09, 2008 from mobile web

ModernMatriarch waiting… 06:31 PM July 09, 2008 from mobile web

ModernMatriarch looks like I’ll be having a baby tomorrow 07:03 PM July 09, 2008 from mobile web

ModernMatriarch cass is psychic 07:03 PM July 09, 2008 from mobile web

ModernMatriarch started some meds that are supposed to make me feel shitty 07:28 PM July 09, 2008 from mobile web

ModernMatriarch cervadil to go in. he’l break my water tomorrow morning 07:57 PM July 09, 2008 from mobile web

ModernMatriarch theyrw gonna give me sleepy meds. sent mike home for laptop. can’t live without it 08:33 PM July 09, 2008 from mobile web

ModernMatriarch omg. im gonna have another baby! 08:58 PM July 09, 2008 from mobile web

ModernMatriarch @AFF – hells yeah! 09:15 PM July 09, 2008 from mobile web in reply to aff

ModernMatriarch sleepy meds..mmmmmm about 23 hours ago from mobile web

ModernMatriarch cervadil out soon. pitocin in at 7. epidural shortly after. about 18 hours ago from mobile web

ModernMatriarch slept ok. they started pitocin. the magnesium for preeclampsia makes me feel like ass about 16 hours ago from mobile web

ModernMatriarch @Cass – how are you feeling? about 16 hours ago from mobile web in reply to cass

ModernMatriarch @casscomerford WOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! COme today Lexi! about 14 hours ago from web in reply to casscomerford

ModernMatriarch I have laptop. I feel connected. Pitocin running. Contracting regularly but not strong. BP is better. COME ON BABY! about 14 hours ago from web

ModernMatriarch @casscomerford What’s the plan? Is there a plan? about 13 hours ago from web in reply to casscomerford

ModernMatriarch @AnglophileFF Not yet. I’m trying to ride out the pitocin as long as I can before the epidural. about 13 hours ago from web in reply to AnglophileFF

ModernMatriarch blogging while in labor. I need wine. 😉 about 13 hours ago from web

ModernMatriarch @NireRentip Thanks! Come visit me! about 13 hours ago from TwitterFox in reply to NireRentip

ModernMatriarch Labor blog: http://www.diaryofamodernma… about 13 hours ago from web

ModernMatriarch They upped the pitocin.. contractions coming stronger… about 13 hours ago from web

ModernMatriarch why dont they let women in labor eat? soooooo hungry about 12 hours ago from mobile web

ModernMatriarch i mean, i know the reason but i’m stil so famished about 12 hours ago from mobile web

ModernMatriarch @Kristin : nada bc of meds. bah! about 12 hours ago from mobile web

ModernMatriarch almost totally thinned. next step = break my water about 11 hours ago from mobile web

ModernMatriarch just broke my water. um, eww. contractions getting stronger. epidural en route. about 10 hours ago from mobile web

ModernMatriarch epidural 1 = fail. epidural 2 = yay! Mike is blogging for me since I cant sit up. about 8 hours ago from mobile web

ModernMatriarch almost five cm. about 8 hours ago from mobile web

ModernMatriarch @Cass only the left side took the first time. EPIC FAIL. DO OVER. about 8 hours ago from mobile web in reply to cass

ModernMatriarch no progress except orange jello – woot! about 6 hours ago from mobile web

ModernMatriarch forgot to mention my OB had a family emergency. Have to have guy Ive never met in my bits al day and deliver Sawyer. about 5 hours ago from mobile web

ModernMatriarch @Cass You doing ok? anymore contractions? about 5 hours ago from mobile web in reply to cass

ModernMatriarch almost at 7 cm. Slowest. labor. ever. He’s too cozy in there about 4 hours ago from mobile web

ModernMatriarch 8 cm. Why won’t he come out? about 3 hours ago from mobile web

ModernMatriarch head is at 0 station. pressure is incredible. almost fuly dilated. about 2 hours ago from mobile web

ModernMatriarch he’s here!! 1017 pm. weight n height pending. so iin love
18 minutes ago from mobile web

ModernMatriarch 10:17 pm. 7 lbs, 7 oz. 19 1/2 in. — Morgan won the contest 8 minutes ago from mobile web

ModernMatriarch baby is getting cleaned up. so happy its over and he’s here. only three pushes. i wanted him OUT! 6 minutes ago from mobile web

ModernMatriarch The birth post : http://tinyurl.com/58m74e about 4 hours ago from TwitterFox

ModernMatriarch Thanks to everyone who watched and waited with me. It was like having a support group in my room with me! Such a cool experience.
about 4 hours ago from web

My congratulations @ModernMatriarch! I’m so happy for you I can’t stop smiling!

Please see ModernMatriarch’ blog post (with darling pics) on her birth here: http://www.diaryofamodernmatriarch.com/

Congress Twitters!

Speaker of the House...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

Congress Twitters! Is that amazing or what?  Our government is twittering! 

“Congressional debates on the House floor? So 2007 (or 1787 for that matter). Earlier this month, Congress witnessed its first Twitter debate, when Speaker Pelosi’s 30 Something Working Group Member Rep. Tim Ryan (@timryan) challenged Rep. John Culberson to a Twitter-off. The Congressmen used Twitter, the micro-blogging site that lets users post 140 character status updates, for a real-time debate from the House floor about gas prices, oil drilling, and extending unemployment insurance for Americans looking for work” (Nancy Pelosi’s newsletter)

What will be next? Will the new President Twitter? Barrack Obama does already! Or maybe it’s someone on his staff, but his name does post regular Twitter updates. Social media is joining the big time! woo!

Zemanta Pixie

UPDATE:  Since I wrote this piece I have seen multiple articles about this including a site collecting support to let Congress Twitter:  http://letourcongresstweet…..  Of course I am now a member!

Twitter Haiku

hear the birds twitter
in the trees, on the screen too
whales ride through the sky

Twitter Marraige Proposal

No, no, no, not to me, but it happened! I think it’s a first too! Not the most traditional romantic way to propose. But definitely a geeky romantic way to propose! This put a smile on my face from ear to ear and I had to share it with everyone. Spread the good news!

Here is the proposal:

markdavidson: @DaisyAvenue Will you marry me? Please DM me with your response. Thank you.

For those of you not members of the Twitter.com community, DM stands for Direct Message. So we weren’t privy to her response, but it looks like it was a yes from the following twitters (note~ FB stands for Facebook.com, IM stands for Instant Message):

DaisyAvenue @jeanettejoy Yerp- we met on Twitter, added each other on FB, courted on IM first, then phone. Love at first sight when we met finally. 🙂

DaisyAvenue EMAIL: Mark said on Facebook that you two are engaged. We need you to confirm that you are, in fact, engaged to Mark. To confirm…

DaisyAvenue @jfritsche Thanks so much! @markdavidson just changed his FB profile to say engaged and it is making me confirm LOL!!

DaisyAvenue Ques. just in: Celebrating your engagement. Wondering since you met him online and he proposed online does your ring come from online too?

DaisyAvenue Answer: @markdavidson says that the ring is on its way from Amazon. Zappos doesn’t sell rings. Yet.

Their friends react:

jpostman @QueenofSpain @markdavidson proposed to @daisyavenue and she accepted

GreenSmith @DaisyAvenue N E R D S! Sending tweetulations….

jpostman @DaisyAvenue @markdavidson love you guys, congratulations!

mousewords @DaisyAvenue I’m totally presuming there will be a designated Twitterer during the wedding ceremony. 😉

jpostman @mousewords Will you be seated on the following or followers side of the aisle?

Some were not so kind:

monnie @marvlove PROPOSED ON TWITTER? WHAT A BLOODY PUBLICITY STUNT! OMGOSH ILL GET MORE FRIENDS IF I PROPSE!

But me? I believe in love, I believe in romance. And the happy couple?

DaisyAvenue @GreenSmith TY!! We are so nerdy that not only was the proposal & answer here but we both bet on Twitter not getting our tweets out right!

DaisyAvenue What does a newly engaged couple do? Come home, go thru Summize, fav the reactions and beam at each other. 🙂 And what a reaction!

DaisyAvenue BTW- Love does drive traffic. 46 new followers just since @markdavidson proposed to me. Does that mean that you will all be at the wedding?

Love, love, love! It comes it all types, shapes and sizes, doesn’t it? Congratulations @DaisyAvenue and @markdavidson. I wish you both every happiness! From, @lauralovesart.

In a sidenote I received a message from @markdavidson about my blog:

markdavidson @lauralovesart Thank you very much and thank you for the blog post. We’re saving that one to a flash stick. 🙂

correction :
markdavidson Re-blurbed: http://twitter.com/lauralov… (Actually @kosso and @01000101 were engaged almost a full year ahead of us.

1000101 replied ~ @markdavidson WHOA! You’re engaged?!!! Congrats! No @kosso didn’t propose to me via twitter – we “met” on twitter 🙂

P.S. I LOVE comments!