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SDTweetup with Shawne Merriman #LightsOut56

--- UPDATE: Trapster to Sponsor Drinks --- We've managed to secure a super awesome drink sponsor! Trapster [
@Trapster] will be sponsoring a hosted bar with a nice little tab, which means you get free drinks (for a limited time) on top of all the other awesome SDTweetup details. Make sure to show your appreciation for our awesome sponsor on Twitter! About Trapster:
Trapster [
@Trapster] is the first location-based mobile application that alerts users in real-time when they approach speed traps. It is a free, community-powered, mobile app for iPhone, Android, Nokia, and BlackBerry.
--- VIP Seats Twitter Contest Details ---
To be eligible for VIP seating:


  • RSVP for the event

  • Tweet using "VIP seat" and hashtags #lightsout56 #sdtweetup

  • If selected, confirm attendance & provide full name

The Ustream broadcast with Shawne Merriman starts at 8pm PST and we'll be broadcasting live from Stingaree. Should you want to sit right in the middle of all the action during the broadcast (literally inches away from Shawne Merriman), you can tweet to win one of 15 VIP seats. We'll be giving away three seats per day - selecting winners randomly - from Sunday to Thursday and Shawne [
@shawnemerriman] will announce the winners via Twitter.
--- Event Details --- Football season is right around the corner, and since our own hometown football super stud, Charger Linebacker, Shawne Lights Out Merriman (
@ShawneMerriman), has taken a fancy to Twitter and social media in general, we thought it would be a blast to have an official SDTweetup with Shawne Merriman to get together and talk and tweet all things Twitter. Given his celebrity status, Shawne's perspective on social media and Twitter is very unique, so this time around we're going to top our typical mixer events with a Q&A session with Shawne moderated by yours truly and broadcast live - starting at 8pm PST - to his
Ustream channel. We'll be taking questions from the audience in attendance and via Twitter and Ustream so make sure to use the hashtag
#LightsOut56 (and #sdwteetup if you want) if you're posing a question for Shawne or talking about the event. Of course SDTweetup attendees will also be able to meet (and tweet with) Shawne, so there's certainly a big bonus in store for those of you that can make it out to the event.
Stingaree has graciously offered to host the event, and we'll be doing the Ustream Q&A with Shawne Merriman from this hit downtown hot spot. They're giving us VIP access and treatment, complete
with a free sushi bar, and happy hour prices until 10:00pm, for this extra special event. We're also going to do some really awesome things with
12seconds, and Sol Lipman will be in attendance to help us capture 12second snippets of super awesome SDTweetup moments and share them with our envious online friends. You also might want to keep an eye out on
Shawne's 12second channel. ;) So come out and join us on Thursday night and make sure to say "#sdtweetup" at the door, so Stingaree knows you're with us. Oh and capacity is limited, so make sure to get there early...you won't want to miss all this goodness.
Interested drink and event sponsors, should email me at jvangrove [at] gmail [dot] com.

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  • Emil B.

    This was my first SDTweetup experience, and I had a great time. Granted, I scored a VIP seat, but everyone appeared to have a lot of fun. Thanks to the generous sponsors who hosted the bar and sushi!

    June 26, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    One word... Awesome

    June 26, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Shawne Merriman is AWESOME!!!! Lights OUT

    June 26, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Maybe too many peeps at this one, but still a great time!

    June 26, 2009

  • James H.

    Awesome time, made new friends and saw old friends.
    Thanks
    James Hickey
    http://www.twitter.com/sdentrepreneur

    June 26, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent sushis! Excellent service!

    June 26, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought the food was great and it was awesome seeing Shawne! I couldn't hear him though. Bad accoustics. Going to have to listen to it online.

    June 26, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jen's interview with Shawne Merriman was insightful, tweople at SDTweetup were fun and friendly, the venue was first-class. Definitely a 5-star Tweetup!
    --Cynthia Trevino

    June 26, 2009

  • Rob M.

    GREAT Great great event, thx to @jbruin, and thx to @Trapster @StingareeSanDiego and @thesolster of @12seconds - I had a blast all night! ;-)

    June 26, 2009

  • marilu c.

    Well the event was awsome! I had a blast! Great people. Everyone was nice and open to conversation. Merriman was sooooo cute and he answered the questions really well. I had won a seat with the VIP so I was excited. I had a good time until everyone well the VIP's were standing in line to take pics with him and he left with out taking pics or saying bye or even thanks for coming. I know that his schedule must be full but it was only 16 peeps in VIP less than 1 minute per person it wouldn't take up too much time. BUT I still love him and the chargers and #sdtweetup!

    June 26, 2009

  • Tress from Happy S.

    Great turn out! Awsome venue! #56 up close and personal. It was fun meeting all you folks and it was an honor to make sushi for you ...

    June 25, 2009

  • Paul

    Thought there would be more Q&A with Merriman (didn't seem like there was much tweeting of questions to him or taking that many questions from people in the audience), space was rather crowded, would be better if there was more space.

    June 25, 2009

  • Phelan R.

    The Tweetups are always great events. @jbruin manages to out do herself every time!

    June 25, 2009

  • Mike H.

    Wow, what a big difference a year or two can make- great job Jennifer and thanks, sponsors!!!

    June 25, 2009

  • Arturo R. G.

    Once again, too many people in the venue to really talk comfortably with anyone - it was like being, well, in a Gaslamp club on a Friday. An acquired taste, to be sure. Also, while Mr. Merriman is sure to be thanked for not just taking the time to join us in person, but for being a real part of the Twitter community, the Q-&-A didn't come off as well as it possibly could have - a few people around me had problems dealing with the mic issues, and not opening the floor to at least a few questions from outside the VIP area was definitely annoying.

    June 25, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great event. Well done.

    June 25, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I watched it on ustream, it was a good interview! The audio would cut out, but I think that was a bandwidth issue, not an audio issue at the venue. Shawne is my favorite football player and it was great seeing him live!

    June 25, 2009

  • Rob M.

    Wow over 500 RSVPs! Nice!!

    June 25, 2009

  • Liz

    Great job organizing, indeed. Really looking forward to tonight and meeting new tweeps -- THANK YOU for the VIP seat, too!!!

    June 25, 2009

  • Sam B.

    Looking forward to it. @shawnemerriman want to hear about you and chad johnson using new media to talk smack! great job organizing as always @jbruin

    June 25, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just booked my room at the Sofia Hotel. Can't wait! Can I wear two nametags? @ResorTime and @Unomos... Both are my voice.

    June 25, 2009

  • Christian

    The Sofia Hotel is offering a $84 room tonight only for the Tweetup! Enter Promo code 27101 at www.thesofiahotel.com

    June 25, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    JVG... Good job girl!!!! It's gonna be fun.

    See ya tomorrow!

    June 24, 2009

  • Pamela

    I can't wait! There are so many tweeps I want to meet as well as folks I am excited to see again.

    June 23, 2009

  • Rob M.

    Wow over 300 RSVPs, very nice! Looking forward to meeting a bunch of new people. ;-)

    @DowntownRob

    June 22, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first tweetup...i've heard they are things of legend! And u need a secret handshake to get in! lol...seriously tho, looking forward to it!

    June 19, 2009

  • Phelan R.

    Looking forward to seeing all the onliners offline.
    @imagium

    June 19, 2009

  • Jennifer Van G.

    yay...sorry it's been soooo long guys...but can't think of a better way to tweetup then to have Shawne Merriman join us :)

    June 17, 2009

  • Lori S.

    The ultimate tweetup! Shawne Lights Out in the house, woot woot!

    June 17, 2009

  • Rob M.

    So we have @ShawneMerriman and @thesolster in attendance?! Oh, and me... ;-)

    June 17, 2009

  • diana l.

    I can't wait till football season starts up again, my sundays are so bare without it. Looking forward to meeting new tweeps and seeing familiar ones!

    June 17, 2009

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