Basingstoke Tweetup #1

The Summary

The first Basingstoke Tweetup (a Twitter meet-up) was considered a good success by all. Although only 12 out of 20 planned attendees arrived, it probably made for a better event as there was time and opportunity to chat to each and every other person there.

The start of the event was made a little unusual (not that we’d established any sort of “usual” by that point) by having the reporter and photographer doing their thing for a newspaper article now out. I’d invited them down in the hope that we could spread the word a bit, and get more attendees next for the next month. Plus, it was something unusual, something related to Basingstoke, and something very relevant in this period of social networking buzz – they could hardly say no!
Plenty of chat, laughter and discussion followed. The event was in effect sponsored by The Escape as they kindly picked up the bar tab for the whole evening – that definitely made the event more enjoyable!
For me, I thoroughly enjoyed it – there were people there from my line of work (web development), from my street, and those who had interested me with their tweets before the event. I think the novelty of the event itself made everyone feel relaxed enough to enjoy it, and I’m hoping that the feedback from this can lead to something even better for next month.

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The Details

Thursday 9th April.
Red Lion Hotel.
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Gary Jones

Gary Jones is a UK-based WordPress Engineer, code consultant, and father of extremely premature twins. Driven by a passion for excellence, he creates elegant WordPress plugins and theme solutions for clients, and provides services, including code audits, for other designers and developers. Gary is a key contributor to the Genesis Framework and has contributed to all except one major branch of WordPress Core since 3.3. He has contributed to many open source projects in the community, and is a co-host on the UK Genesis podcast. A former teacher in schools and prisons, Gary's goal is to educate WordPress professionals on how they can improve their code. His motto is knowledge is power.

1 Comment

  1. Jacqui Sanwell on 2009-04-11 at 16:54

    It was a good evening, thoroughly enjoyed it. Very relaxed but interesting people all round. Looking forward to the next one. Thanks for organising it Gary.