Monday, December 08, 2008

We come one

Image representing Robert Scoble as depicted i...Image via CrunchBase, source unknownThis evening I participated in a tweetup which is basically where a group of people (twitterers) from the site Twitter come together in a gathering. The event/dinner was arranged by Robert Scoble who had stopped over in London on his way to Le Web '08 in Paris. I happened across his tweet (message) on Twitter and responded with an RSVP for the meal as he is a person I admire and wanted to meet personally since becoming involved with the early adopter crowd.

Robert and his family (Robert's wife Maryam and their son Milan) were staying at the Hilton London Metropole and this was to be where we would meet before moving on to the restaurant. I was nervous and on entering the bar area I nearly fell down the stairs. In the back of my mind was the knowledge that if I were to do something regrettable that it would be blogged about and immortalised online forever.

After introductions we headed to the Meshwar which is a Lebanese Restaurant, I sat with Robert's wife Maryam and other people from Twitter/Friendfeed. At first the seating plan felt as though we were speed dating but it soon settled and conversation flowed like we were close friends. After the first course Robert joined our table as just like all gadget lovers he was interested to learn more about the Canon 5D mk2 which one of the bloggers had brought to the meal. I enjoy photography and if I were to purchase a camera tomorrow it would be the Canon 5D mk2 as it's an impressive piece of equipment. I was really impressed with the Lens Baby which consists of a simple lens with a bellows for use in special-effect photography.

As the meal came to an end and everyone headed off into the night the only regret I had is that I didn't come with a business card as everyone was handing them out. I took a note-to-self and will be better prepared for next time. Thank you to Robert and Maryam for hosting the dinner as they are both charming and respectable people. It was also an experience to interact with bloggers with the same interests in person rather that virtually.

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