said 3 months ago:
I’ve had some friends and colleagues use Meet-Ups to create a community around a given topic (entrepreneurship, permaculture, etc.) and I’ve gone to a couple as well.
Whether they’re formal “meet-ups” or something else, a physical meet up can really solidify online relationships.
Here in Portland, Maine, I’ve been involved in scheduling monthly tweetups for several years now, and there’s an active Facebook Maine group that gets together monthly, a Maine Entrepreneurs group as well, and so on, and so on.
We also have a very active Social Media Breakfast that’s well attended.
It’s important for people to realize that there’s a whole other level of networking when you get to “press the flesh” and share a cup of coffee (or beer, depending on the event.)