June 15, 2011 5.21 pm This story is over 151 months old

Meet the people around you who tweet

Social links: Lincoln Twitter users get a chance to meet their virtual followers in the flesh, and also fundraise.

Ready to tweet (L-R): Andy Clayton of Energy Cell, Lyndsey Hannam of The Showroom, Matt Hammerton of Lava PR, Zoe Easey of Epix Media, and Liam O’Leary of Laser Red Web Design

Some of Lincoln’s top Twitteratti are putting together a free event for local social media enthusiasts to fundraise for a city charity.

The event is called Lincs Tweet Meet and takes place at The Showroom on Tritton Road, on Tuesday, June 21 between 4-9pm.

The Lincoln Tweet Meet will be a chance for attendees to meet up with people they follow on social networking sites as well as hear from three keynote speakers.

They will also be able to bid for a high-flying Red Arrows experience day in a Twitter auction, which organisers claim to be a world first.

All the money raised will be donated to The Showroom’s youth project, so the centre can continue to provide support and activities for young people in Lincoln.

“We want to bring people who know each other online, through social media, together in real life,” said Liam O’Leary of Laser Red Web Design, who came up with the idea of Lincs Tweet Meet.

“Lincs Tweet Meet will be a great chance for people to get together, hear from some really experienced and knowledgable speakers as well as putting faces to Twitter handles and meeting up with their Facebook and LinkedIn connections in the flesh.

“We’ve got just short of one hundred people registered and hope this will be the first of many events,” O’Leary explained.

Lincs Tweet Meet has been organised by five Lincolnshire businesses: Big Fat Pigeon, Energy Cell, Epix Media, Laser Red and Lava.

The keynote speakers will be: Liam Lally of Zaddle Marketing, Matt Hammerton, Managing Director of Lava PR, and Emily Leary, blogger, communications consultant and digital content and SEO manager at BT.

Their presentations, on using Google adwords; integrating social media into traditional marketing; and blogging – and networking opportunities, will also incorporate two ‘social media competitions’ to win a variety of prizes donated by Lincolnshire businesses and the auction of the Red Arrows’ Experience Day.

Entry at Lincs Tweet Meet is free, and reservations can still be made online.

Source: Lava | Photo: Samantha Fisher for The Lincolnite