Inspired by the Printed Blog tweet up on 5/19/2009.
For all the bloggers, twitterers, youtubers and gamers out there, this is a Web 2.0 beginner’s guide to meeting Internet people.
Step 1: Move away from the computer. Don’t worry, everything will be ok. You need to remove yourself from the computer, step out into the sunlight and head to the meet up. Remember to wear sunscreen; your vast time indoors have made you pale and easily prone to sunburns.
Step 2: Once you arrive at the meet up, begin to mingle. Do not worry if you don’t know anyone. No one else knows each other either. Make a name tag with your username because no one knows your real name.
Step 3: Introduce yourself to someone. See that person in a distance that you kind of recognize? It’s okay that you facebook stalked the person, at least you recongized him/her from his/her profile picture. Go up to the person and say hi. Introduce yourself by your real name first and then your username. Don’t worry if it’s awkward. This introductory awkward dance have been done throughout nature since the beginning of time. Just be happy that you don’t have to sniff someone else’s butt.
Step 4: Repeat step 3 until you have met at least 1/3 of the people present.
Step 5: Strike up a conversation. Don’t worry if you’re not a people person or a natural talker. Just make sure you have a mom in real life present. She’ll help break the ice.
Step 6: Now that you’re free and know of your flaws, go out and meet more people. Just don’t interrupt every conversation.
Step 7: Take out your gizmos and document this meet up. Obtain proof that you met real people and show off to your locked up Internet friends. Just be sure not to drop your camera.
Step 8: Once the meet up has ended and people start to disperse, hang around longer. The cool (or really socially deprived) folks would want to grab a bite to eat afterward. Join them and enjoy the fresh air.
Step 9: Drink and be merry. Don’t be alarmed if people start flashing underwear. You only get to live once.
Step 10: Feel free to tweet the happenings around you. It is socially acceptable to take out your phones in the middle of a conversation to tell the world what you’re doing.
Step 11: Blog about it.