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Celebrate San Diego Beer Week 2010 with SDTweetup and TapHunter!

Remember when we used to all get together every month or so for the SDTweetup? Well, SDTweetup is getting back into a groove. We had a very fun movie event in September with the advanced screening of Catfish, and now a new SDTweetup has been scheduled for November.

The time seemed right to introduce two somewhat overlapping groups to each other, formally. SDTweetuppers, meet SD Beer Week. Craft beer lovers in San Diego, how’d you like to come to an SDTweetup? In this spirit, we’ve joined up with Melani and Jeff “Flash” Gordon of to create a unique event.

What: SDTweetup Celebrates SD Beer Week with TapHunter
Where: West Coast Tavern, 2895 University Ave., San Diego
When: Tuesday, November 9, 7:00 PM
Who: The first 250 people who RSVP here

We’ll have all the usual SDTweetup mayhem, giveaways, and usual suspects (who are probably some of your closest friends by now), along with a new injection of hops, malt, and beer culture. There will be tasty craft beer and food pairings from West Coast’s chef Peter Zakarian to satisfy your palate, and a TweetWall to post your juiciest OH’s and most random photos of the event. (Many thanks to Gabe Lawrence and for this.)

You’ll also learn more about the over 300 events scheduled to happen during SD Beer Week, and have an opportunity to plot out your attending strategy with your Twitter friends.

Our sponsors will make coming worth your while, too. The generous folks at mophie will be giving away 10 mophie juice packs for keeping your iPhone or iPod Touch charged up all day. TapHunter is also planning to bring some special prizes. To enter to win, please win a business card of some sort–time to order those moo cards!–so we can draw yours to win.

Attendance is capped at 250, so RSVP today! If this is your first SDTweetup, get the most out of it by first reading these tips.

SDTweetup returns with sneak peek screening of Catfish

Many San Diego folks active in social media remember SDTweetup with some affection. It was among the first local real-life gatherings of folks who had met online, specifically on Twitter. The last official SDTweetup happened a year ago at Halloween. I don’t know about you, but I missed it.

Hurrah! A new SDTweetup has been scheduled, and there is dancing in the streets! But to get in on this one, you will have to be quick.

What: SDTweetup at the Movies – Catfish Advanced Screening
Where: AMC Theatres La Jolla 12
When: Wednesday, September 15, 6:00 PM
Who: The first 75 people who RSVP at will get an “admit 2” ticket

Check out the Catfish trailer. This will fill up fast, so please RSVP as soon as possible or risk sadface.

Why is this SDTweetup so special? Well, besides being the first one in about a year, it is also the last SDTweetup that will be organized by its creator, Jenn Van Grove (@jbruin). Jenn has done great things in the tech space in the last few years, like joining Mashable as an associate editor and becoming a TV tech correspondent for NBC San Diego. Now she is taking her talents to San Francisco and has bequeathed the SDTweetup event to your humble reporter (AKA me, Peggy Gartin, @thepegisin on Twitter).

Hope you can join us this Wednesday! And if you have ideas for future SDTweetups, please let me know at @thepegisin,, or

Cool As Ever Tech SD Tweetup now FREE!


The next SD Tweetup on August 8th was already shaping up to be a doozy: the site is the Del Mar Racetrack, the entertainment is swing band Big Time Operator, and attendees will get private seating, private betting booths and tech swag galore. TechZulu is providing live streaming and will debut their show TechPunch with host Amanda Coolong there. Though the SD Tweetup had never charged for admission before, $35 seemed like a steal for such a great day at the races.

Would you believe it’s now free?


Next SD Tweetup will be charged up with Lights Out


Though it’s lain dormant since February, the next San Diego Tweetup is coming at us like a linebacker–an outside linebacker, to be exact. Expected to attend is San Diego Charger #56 Shawne Merriman, who will share his Twitter experiences in an on-site interview with SD Tweetup organizer Jenn Van Grove. It’s all happening Thursday, June 25 at 7:30PM at Stingaree in the Gaslamp.

There should be record attendance at this event. The first SD Tweetup happened in March 2008 and attracted about 30 people. The last one, held at Wine Cabana in Old Town, had over 200. As of today, more than 300 had RSVP’d at the SD Tweetup page on

If you want to attend, be sure to RSVP at the website above, get there early, and come armed with a Twitter account and a device to tweet from. If you don’t want to fight the crowd, consider tuning in to Jenn’s interview with Merriman on UStream.

Merriman has been giving away VIP seating near the interview. If you’re not afraid to be up close with the big guy, send a tweet with “VIP seating” and the tags #lightsout56 and #sdtweetup in it. Shawne will pick 3 winners a day until the event. More instructions are here. (Full disclosure: I won one of these seats and will be tweeting like mad from it!)

See you there, SDTweetuppers and Charger fans!

200+ attendees rock the San Diego Tweetup

San Diego tweeters take over Wine Cabana on 2/21/09 (Photo courtesy @jimmyweee)

San Diego tweeters take over Wine Cabana on 2/21/09 (Photo courtesy @jimmyweee)

The San Diego Tweetup’s February gathering set new attendance records last Saturday, as more than 200 Twitter aficionados converged on the Wine Cabana in Old Town. This was a significant jump over the first SD Tweetup, held in April 2008, when only about 30 attended.

The event, which is usually held monthly, had been sorely missed since its last large gathering in November at KPBS Studios. (No complaints here about the December SD Tweetup, as 25 of us were included in the audience of The Price is Right, and yours truly won a treadmill and $1000.) This time, there was no attendee cap – and tweeters from all over San Diego County turned out in force. We drank wine, played Rockband (courtesy of assistant organizer @DowntownRob), and tweeted the #sdtweetup hashtag all the way up to the #2 trending topic on Twitter for several hours.

Organizer Jenn Van Grove (@jbruin) did another bang-up job in finding a venue large enough for such a group, and sponsors willing to fund the good times. Much love to Network Velocity (@nvelocity) for sponsorship. See Jenn’s blog post for a comprehensive Twitter roll of attendees, as well as links to several Flickr sets of event photos.

Want to join us next time? Visit and get notified when the next SD Tweetup is scheduled!

A February SD Tweetup is Coming!

Do you tweet? Or uh… twitter? I’m still not 100% sure what the proper conjugation of “twitter” is, even though I use the damn thing. But if you do at least one of the above, then you should join us at this month’s Tweetup!

Jennifer Van Grove (or @jbruin on Twitter) is the head honcho who organizes these fun monthly-ish events around town.  Alas, I have only been to one SDTweet up a few months back at The Pearl Hotel on Rosecrans.

I’m not much of a joiner, I’ll admit. I’m not really a gung ho networker-type, either.  But when someone says “free drinks”, you can bet I’ll consider it.  Much to my delight, I found many people I already knew at the Tweetup, so I had a comfort zone and I met lots and lots of great new people, like fellow metroblogger (and fearless leader), Peg or @thepegisin.

I haven’t had the opportunity to attend a Tweetup since, though they are always someplace interesting, like the LaFayette Hotel in El Cajon Blvd. or the KPBS Studios.  But I’ll be attending the next one, along with a friend and a whole slew of others (130 and counting!), so I hope we’ll see you there.

Here’s the dish:

Location: Wine Cabana
2539 Congress Stre
San Diego, CA 92110

When: Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 7:30pm

How to find us
“We’re taking over the place, but look for the Rock Band setup…”

Jennifer says…

We’re taking over Wine Cabana in Old Town (my favorite wine bar) for a Saturday night of socializing, singing, and of course tweeting. There will be the return of the Twitter wall, courtesy of @gebl, and even a Rock Band setup (thx @downtownrob) so those of us with Qik and video cams can capture you’re awesome drumming, singing, or guitar playing prowess to share with the Twitterverse.

Wine Cabana is graciously giving us the fantastic space and some free appetizers, as well as honoring happy hour prices all night for our group. Of course we do have a fabulous sponsor – Network Velocity, so there will be a hosted wine bar until supplies run out.

So put on your rockstar pants and come to the SD Tweetup!

San Diego Tweetup went to The Price is Right

@DowntownRob, Drew Carey and @thepegisin (photo courtesy @brooklynhilary)

@DowntownRob, Drew Carey and @thepegisin (photo courtesy @brooklynhilary)

Jenn Van Grove (@jbruin on Twitter) is known for her innovative ideas, but this one was a doozy. The organizer of the popular San Diego Tweetup decided that the time was right for sdtweetup folks to win some big prizes, so she arranged for a group to be at the December 11th taping of The Price is Right.

About 20 of us started the drive up to CBS Television City before dawn, but with L.A. traffic, we barely made it into the audience on time. Once seated, imagine my shock when I got called to “come on down”! (Okay, I’d been campaigning for it like Barack Obama, and getting tips from Jenn’s brother, a past winner – but still, wow!)

The episode just aired today, so I can finally reveal what I won – a treadmill and $1,000. I actually spun $1.00 on the wheel in one go, putting me in the Showcase Showdown! That was thrilling. When they revealed the showcases, I nearly died laughing – one of them had a SEGWAY! What am I, Gob from Arrested Development? “Come on!”

A very deserving Marine named John won the Showdown, but my group and I got a memorable experience, and it didn’t end there. After the show we walked over to the nearby Saddle Ranch restaurant for lunch, discovered Drew Carey was lunching there also, and bought him a beer. He was really down-to-earth and personable and took a picture with @DowntownRob and me.

And today when the show aired, I got 100+ new followers. I should tell them about the San Diego Metblog!

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