#themeet140 Inspires

by Julian Westaby.

On Thursday the 19th of August a couple of the @DunningDesign Team attended #themeet140 in the Lansdowne pub in the west end of Glasgow. Julian represented Dunning and Claire ‘came out’ as the face behind @skelptarse to much amusement and ‘I should have guessed’ type remarks.

The event was incredibly well attended with over 120 eager Tweeters talking to each other IRL. Whilst a great networking experience in itself, the more remarkable outputs  have been the blogs that the relationships established and/or strengthened have inspired.

Claire met @blessedsister on entering the Lansdowne and was inspired enough by her blog 140 Strangers…! to post this in reply:

Hi Blessed Sister,

Now we are no longer strangers and I reckon that happened two seconds after we introduced ourselves, I feel at ease asking ‘how did your exam go?’ I do hope that you felt as comfortable with the questions as you did at the #themeet140.

It was great to meet you, I love the fact that these IRL events bring people together, who on paper, you wouldn’t imagine meeting under any other circumstances. I love that Twitter has the power of parity and creates the opportunity to engage with so many interesting individuals who are ready to share, talk and laugh together at the drop of a Stetson.

The diversity of conversations is amazing and minute by minute characteristics start to emerge that draw you towards people who you might typically dismiss because they dress differently, their career is at the opposite end of the scale from yours or sadly you feel inexplicably uneasy about. If Twitter were a country it would be Switzerland because it appears to have a global neutrality that swaddles us in a blanket of eager enthusiasm to bond with our fellow tweeters whenever we meet in person. Our need to form an instant opinion is suspended and a sense of openness and sharing kicks in, no barriers are in place and all our masks are off. It’s a case of this is who I am warts and all and I’m keen to accept you in your raw state too. We all seem to wear our hearts on our sleeves with the simple mission of ‘I’ll be your friend if you’ll be mine’.

It appears to be innate in all of us to approach our Twitter community this way. I try not to analyse this behaviour too much, however I think the operative word here is community and to copy your use of quotations to make a point I propose John Donne hit the nail on the head when he said ‘No man is an island’.

Until the next #themeet140 indeed!

In the meantime keep tweeting


Not to be outdone @nmpMartin said he had been partly inspired by Claire Dunning (@skelptarse), who made a shout out for people to stop relying on the thoughts of other people so much and put out original thoughts, so he posted his blog titled Which type are you? where he discusses four distinct types of people using social media. It’s an interesting article and well worth a read.

May we be as bold to suggest that if you’re not following the people mentioned then do so and get yourselves hooked up with #themeet140 team to participate in future inspiring events, it’s definitely worth it:)