Last week I decided to set up a midday Tweetup at my favorite restaurant in Raleigh. I did it for two reasons:
- To see what kind of response I could get from the awesome Raleigh Twitterverse
- To see how a socially savvy restaurant would deal with one of its fans grabbing the reins
The response was pretty overwhelming. I set the limit to 50 people, and I’m pretty sure that’s about how many people are going to pour in for lunch on Thursday. I’m not sure of the capacity at The Pit, but I’m guessing we’ll take up about half of the restaurant.
When The Pit found out, all they asked was for me to get them a good number Monday.
That got me thinking about how a newspaper like Raleigh’s News & Observer could leverage social media in its most social form, real life outreach.
Would any attend a get together where you would have direct access to the lots of people at the N&O? What if the Big Wig Editor would take questions and provide answers? What if you could meet and talk to the staff writers who seem faceless now? What if you could make suggestions and the N&O promised to act on the best ones?
If you’re still at no, is there anything that would persuade you to help the N&O do a better job? If not, why not?
The second part of the question is for the N&O. Would the people at the N&O agree to meeting the people they’re writing for?