Thursday, July 26, 2012

Only in Bucks County: Behold the Power of Twitter!

On Tuesday, I was a part of the coolest thing EVER that could come as a result of
my passion for (and support of) Bucks County and Twitter!

I was asked along with twelve others to tweet live from an event where basically every non-profit leader in the Bucks County was asked to collaborate on how we can all join forces and help each other. 

  Our mission, given to us by our incredibly innovative, creative, and well organized leader
Jamie Haddon of United Way of Bucks County, was simple:
 "Grab an iPad, and tweet out cool stuff you hear."
Our group of thirteen Tweeters put out over 2,000 tweets during the two and a half  hour Community Conversation, and our hashtag #BucksUnited trended as high as #3 across the United States,
enlightening perhaps tens of thousands to the beauty, camaraderie, and opportunities
in Bucks County.

I can't even begin to tell you how cool I felt tweeting from both my phone & iPad at the same time!

And speaking of camaraderie, the other thing that was so wonderful about this event for me was that I got to meet a dozen people I had been exchanging Tweets with for years in person, and of course we became fast friends.

Me and my new Twitter Bestie @heyLauraFreed sad at having to turn in the iPads
 we had signed out for the afternoon.

I am very proud to be part of the United Way's Twitter Corp!
It seems as though we all  have a passion for Bucks County, Shopping Locally, Land Preservation,
Charity Work, Good Food and Social Media.
@RickToone, @jenphillipsapri, @DonLafferty, @KristieFinnan, @heyLauraFreed,
@pinkeandbrowne and @BuxMontNews

(L) James Erickson, Director of Education & Community; PA Assoc. of Non Profits
(R) Jamie Haddon, CEO & President, United Way Bucks

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And Now..
A fitting post from February, 2011

"For the first five years I lived here, my best friends were 3 ten-year-olds and a dog.
Sure, I had the friends I had grown up with an hour away, but... they were an hour away! 
Makes grabbing a quick cup of coffee, borrowing a book or a cup of flour, almost impossible.

 When I stopped commuting into Philly and took a job in
Bucks County, I did begin to meet people over the age of ten, most of them whom I'm still in touch with.

But it wasn't til Twitter that I met a brilliant new bunch that I enjoy chatting with on so many levels.
It was as if I asked Twitter for all the characteristics I look for in a friend...
a love of reading, a love of writing, an unbelievable sense of humor, genuine creativity, and passion for the community... and got exactly what I wanted in return.

I'm dedicating today's blog to my Twitter friends, local and otherwise.
You know who you are, and I thank you."

    @MichFalcone, @DoylestownPatch, @cbenchman, @hgolightly12 at @86West Tweetup.
                  Feb. 2011                        Photo Credit:  @durhamtownship

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