The event was an exclusive "Tweet Meet" for members of D23, the official Disney fan club. The term "Tweet Meet" is Disney's version of a "Tweetup." These terms are very new and have come out of the explosive growth of Twitter, the online social networking service. Tweetups occur when a person or group organizes a live gathering through the use of their Twitter account. I have written several articles about Twitter and how it is a great way to stay connected to official and unofficial info related to Walt Disney World. You can even follow me @DigitalDisWorld to get blog updates.
The tweet that notified me of last week's Tweet Meet came from @DisneyD23, which is the official Twitter account of D23. Most of us who use Twitter have our smartphones set to alert us of new tweets. On Monday, April 16th, I received the alert that D23 was holding this Tweet Meet on the very next morning in Adventureland. It was limited to a maximum of 65 people and you had to respond to the tweet if you were interested in attending. I was at the Animal Kindom Lodge doing some work on my balcony, when I quickly responded to the announcement. About an hour later, I was excited to be notified that I was one of the first 65 to reply, and I would be attending the event on Tuesday morning.
|The Original Little Orange Bird|
|Me and Jason Grandt|
This D23 Tweet Meet was a great event. Not only did we get to witness a little history with the return of a classic character, but it was also an enjoyable social gathering. It was great hanging out with old friends like Amy and Lou, and it was a real pleasure meeting and speaking with Disney Imagineers, including Jason Grandt. The most significant aspect of this "Tweetup" is that none of us would have been there if it wasn't for the use of this very modern technology. Twitter is not only a great way to communicate information between like-minded people, but is now becoming a popular way to bring people together in person.
Have a Disneyriffic day and remember to keep moving forward. See ya real soon!