The Hashtag Keeps Us Together

Follow a conference, meetup, or ongoing event hashtag all year round. The fun can continue in tweets and Instagram posts and, who knows, you may find that you have a great group of friends.

The hashtag keeps us together.Meetups. They’re fun, we all agree, right?

But schedules don’t always match up, so what’s a girl to do?

Follow the hashtag.

And now, boys and girls, I’ll tell you a story.

In my early days of Twitter, especially with the business account I started in 2009, I really wanted to connect with people in Orange County. While following and listing people for that purpose, I also found a meetup called Social Media Mastermind, Orange County.

For years, I followed the people, loosely followed the hashtag, and finally started attending this year. It was cool because I felt like I knew some of the people before I actually became part of the group. (That really helps with the anxiety of meeting new people, by the way.)

One of the long-time #SMMOC members, Dennis Carpenter, recently moved out of state. A business trip brought him back to Orange County and he made time to attend the meetup. (Also, it was nice to see how lovingly greeted he was  — what a group this is. But I digress.)

“I’m so glad to finally meet you,” I said.

“But I’ve known you for years!” he said.

Dennis was convinced that we had met in person before. I had to remind him I started coming to this meetup in January of 2014.