We had the third Ealing tweetup, in the Rose & Crown pub, on Sunday. Thanks very much to those who attended, including @clicooke, @haydens30, @angelicamari, @ruskin147, @franprotti, @rodsloane, @qhphotography, and @benpopps – plus various friends and family who might not even be on Twitter!
It was enjoyable once it got going and the chat started, however it was a lot smaller than I had expected. Over 20 people had confirmed that they wanted to come along so I ensured that a section of the pub was reserved for us. That was 5 tables all blocked together and on a busy Sunday lunchtime it was good of them to reserve the places for us.
All three of the major political parties had emailed me about coming along, and not a single politician showed up. I can only presume that as the election campaign is a moment away, they were up to something else on Sunday. I know it was the campaign launch for the Labour party on Sunday, but you might assume that they would in fact want to be talking to local people who are broadcasting opinions online everyday?
Anyway, I sat there all alone for the first half an hour, feeling a lot of pressure at holding all the seats to myself, as people were clearly looking for places to eat lunch and all our section was marked as reserved. I eventually started giving up tables, and people started arriving for the Tweetup, so we managed to find a nice medium where some tables were returned, but we blocked out a smaller section and chatted there.
@ruskin147 even managed to broadcast a live video from the pub while we were talking. Next time, I might bring a couple of laptops so we can stream video and tweet from the table.
I think that trying it on a Sunday was clearly a mistake as most people seem to associate something like a Tweetup as work and networking, and so it doesn’t fit into Sunday. Second, if we plan another event like this on a weekday evening and you say that you are coming, then please do turn up, or send a note in advance… it would really help with the planning for how many places to reserve.
And I really don’t need the stress of being an event organiser – this is supposed to be about getting together local bloggers and Twitter users in an informal environment, not me trying to get experience hosting events and rushing around explaining to venues why the numbers are different!
See you next time for the fourth Tweetup, hopefully in May, and this time with some corporate backing to help the drinks flow… more to be revealed soon!