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Tweet-up at Living Sky Casino is a #goodidea

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By Jessi Gowan — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Twitter users in the southwest have a great opportunity to meet face-to-face and support a worthy cause at a tweet-up / Movember fundraiser at the Living Sky Casino on Nov. 30.

“It’s a very organic, non-invitational type of get-together,” explained organizer Joel Sopp. “If you have a Twitter account and you follow someone who is going to the event, you are more than welcome to show up yourself.”

Sopp has organized several tweet-ups throughout the southwest since his first event in February 2010 in Saskatoon. About 15 people showed up for that first one, and they have only grown since then. All of Sopp’s tweet-ups are unofficial events, just casual get-togethers for users of the popular networking site.

“A lot more people are attending these events than I ever thought there would be,” he admitted. “For the last one we had, about 75 people showed up. It’s a fluid, comfortable, awesome environment, and it gives you a chance to put a face behind a Twitter handle.”

He calls it a networking event without a real network. You can meet the guy who tweets about the CFL  and talk about football, or you could meet the woman whose political views you’ve always agreed with. It’s a chance to get to know these people on a more personal level.

At Sopp’s first event in Swift Current, about five or six people showed up at the Buffalo Brew Pub to meet and get to know some of the other local twitter users. He is hoping by making this event a fundraiser as well as a tweet-up, there will be a better turnout.

“This latest event is a combination party, a way to offer a networking opportunity and also raise money for men’s cancers,” Sopp explained. “I am on the RBC South team for Movember, and we are actively trying to promote this cause.”

A prize package will be available for the best moustache, and fundraising efforts will be recognized as well. Living Sky Casino will offer free merchandise and casino vouchers, and a Molson representative will attend the event to give away prizes as well.

“We are really trying to get a lot of people to come out and bond together on a common theme,” Sopp added. “I’ve raised a lot of money already for breast cancer research — why not men’s cancers also?”

He has seen a lot of good feedback from the Twitter community, both financial support and re-tweets to get the message out.

“It’s exciting to see what Twitter can do,” Sopp said. “If you can use it for something positive, kind of harness the power that Twitter offers, you can really do something great for the world.”

Although the tweet-ups in Swift Current won’t be a regular, monthly event, Sopp plans to offer them consistently and more than just once a year.

“It is a really great way to create and grow an online community IRL in real life,” he explained. “It gets you back to the roots of social networking, which is meeting face-to-face.”

Twitter users can meet face to face at the Living Sky Casino at the Southwest tweet-up Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. For more, contact Sopp at @joel_sopp on Twitter.

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