Where’s the Twitter-based event meetup application? I’ve not seen one, but until then here is a work-around that does some of the goodness. If you’re using Twitter on a mobile device and have a mobile feedreader, this is for you.
Even though many people I follow on twitter will be at the same events as me, there are always lots of folks who will be at conferences and meet ups I don’t know. I have found that Summize’s new Twitter search is a great way to get those folks into my Twitter stream – or at least follow them during (or after) the event using my mobile – provided they’ve tweeted at least once about the show or plans to attend.
The process couldn’t be easier.
1. Hit Summize.com and click on the “Twitter Search” link.
2. Add keywords related to your event. For SMX Social Media I added “SMX” because it was a nice short acronym I felt would capture most action related to this event. If anyone were tweeting about it, they’d include this. If you didn’t have such a convenient one, you may need to include the venue name, etc. (curious that there is no SMX Social twitter user we could all follow and send @’s to “where’s the party at?”. this would at least make backchatter more fun.)
3. After you search Summize, click on the upper-right side link for “Feed for this Query” link. For SMX Social Media I used this.
5. When you see people tweeting about the event, but haven’t yet met them, you can head over to twitter and follow them. This serves to get you into their Twitter stream and to let them know that you’re interested in meeting them.
Now, as event-related stuff happens, you’ll be in the loop and it’ll make socializing that much easier.