In the world of Twitter, conversations happen 140 characters at a time. We follow people who interest us and put our own words out there for everyone to see. I’ve had virtual conversations with “tweeps” from all walks of life, from fellow business professionals to New York Times bestselling authors. But it wasn’t until I attended my first Lehigh Valley Tweetup (@LVTweetup) that I was able to put actual faces with Twitter names.

A “tweetup” is a meet-up of local Twitter users. These informal gatherings are held once a month at different venues around Lehigh Valley. They’re a great way to meet the people I’ve been interacting with online.

I attended January’s tweetup, which began with a wine and cheese mixer at Home & Planet (@homeandplanet) in Southside Bethlehem. On the drive over, I felt the way I always do when I go to a “networking” event: a little nervous that everyone will know each other and I’ll be left standing alone in the corner. Fortunately, my first tweetup wasn’t anything like that. The crowd was a mix of neophytes and veterans, a cross-section of ages and interests. No one was shy about introducing themselves or asking what I tweet about (the answer: following your dreams at @erikaliodice).

My first tweetup was a blast and I’m already looking forward to the next one on Monday, February 8 at 7pm at Starfish Brasserie (@starfish_pa) in Bethlehem. Hope to see you there!

Have you been to a Lehigh Valley Tweetup?

This post was written by Lehigh Valley InSite guest blogger Erika Liodice, who also writes the Journeys and Beyond the Gray blogs.