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Ups and Downs In A Day

My Friday started off with a few conference calls, Twitter, and checking my email as usual about 9:00am. Around 11:00am I realized I still needed to figure out what I was going to wear to my meetings for the day because I was for a change leaving the desk and computer to go and shake REAL hands.
I begin my journey to my meetings about 12:45pm and all of a sudden the car begins to shake just a little. I assumed it was only the road I was on, but as soon as I get onto 4 the entire car begins to vibrate. I feel like I am in a blender and begin flipping out. Normally if there is an odd sound I would just turn up the radio and ignore the noise, but there was nothing that I could do to ignore this.
I finally get to my first destination, The Dream Factory and get to sit down with Chris Krimitsos and Katie Krienitz. I was there with David Doerges and Celeste Underwood from Free Networking International as I have been for the past 4 weeks working on their Social Media and promoting their events. Anyways we had an AMAZING time learning about TWBA and talked all sorts of technical, Internet related things. My eyes were sparkly and I was indeed for an hour in heaven talking with like-minded individuals. In the back on my mind however I knew that I still had a situation with the car that I needed to tend to eventually. I was able to forget about it briefly as we began talking about Facebook, blogging and all sorts of other amazing things.
Once we finished that meeting we had to make out way to the Westshore Hotel only about a block over and meet with some other truy amazing individuals. Once again I got into the car praying that it would take me where I needed to go without killing me in the process.
Once at our second destination I realized that the front passenger tire was about 9 months prego and ready to burst. Actually it had a gigantic bubble on the side and the seam was tearing. Scary huh?
So we get to our meeting and sit down to talk about Free Networking International with AJ Puedan, Dave VanHoose and Dustin Mathews. Many amazing ideas were hashed out at this meeting. Some great content was provided to us. We also talked about the Self Wealth Live expo that will be going on in two weeks here in Tampa. It looks like an amazing event, but unfortunately I have a Tweetup the same day so I can't attend.
So as our second and final meeting came to an e
nd I once again remembered that I have a tire about to pop and the only way to get home is to change it.
In dress pants, hair fixed, makeup on and in heels I pulled out the jack, got the spare and got to work right there in the parking lot of the Westshore Hotel. It was such a humid evening (6pm) and I was drenched in sweat by the time I got it fixed, but the point is that I got it fixed and in heels! Women can do anything men can do and give them
an obstacle like heels and they will pull through and get it done.
So 5 amazing new faces and one jacked up tire later I was on my way back home. Once I got home I checked Twitter and Facebook and that's where my day got even better. Someone was giving away a FREE ticket to IZEAFest and a Twitter friend saw it and let them know I was looking to go. I got the ticket (just waiting on the confirmation).
It was a day of ups and downs, awesome new ideas, brainstorming and in the end I received an awesome gift.

I have to thank @retta719 for the free ticket to IZEAFest. It means the world to me! I also want to thank @EdieGalley for looking out and remembering that I was trying to get there. You two are absolutely AMAZING individuals!

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South Shore Tweetup (#SSTweet)

Contact: John Hummel

South Shore TweetUp

Phone: 813-944-7064


South Shore TweetUp

Riverview, FL - Saturday October 10, 2009 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm - If you love to Tweet and connect via the Social Web and are in or near Riverview, Brandon, Valrico, Tampa, Ruskin and surrounding communities, we invite you to join us at "The Alley" in Riverview, FL. This event will be family friendly so bring the kids and there are plenty of activities to keep every member of your family entertained. There will be a raffle throughout the event so we ask to enter that you bring two non parishable items to be donated to Metropolitan Ministries in exchange for a raffle ticket. We will also be collecting donations with 50% going to Metropolitan Ministries and the other 50% to help offset the costs of future Tweetups.
Space is limited and we ask that you RSVP through by following this link

Follow the hash tag #SSTweet to be updated on this event through Twitter.

For additional information please contact:

John Hummel

52 Weeks, 52 Religions


Kim Randall

Social Media and Online Marketing Strategist,

Changing Daily


Robin Eads



About Metro Ministries

For over 35 years, Metropolitan Ministries has served poor and homeless men, women, and children in the Tampa Bay region. The Ministries has gone from a single room food pantry, to one of America's most effective and innovative caregivers. Serving as many as 150 families daily through Outreach and Prevention Services, the Ministries remains committed to breaking the cycle of poverty. You can find more information on Metropolitan Ministries on Facebook by visiting and you can follow them on Twitter at

Please visit their main website for information on how you can help.

About The Alley

"The Alley" is owned and operated by the Boje' family. Bill and Gloria Boje' began the bowling business in the late 1950's when they built Sunset Lanes in St. Louis, MO which the family still owns and operates to this day. In 1990 Bill and his son Jeff continued the Boje' legacy when they built Brandon Crossroads, a 40 lane center located in Brandon, FL. To continue the family tradition; Bill and Gloria's two daughters Debbie and Christy along with her husband Cary White decided to join forces with Bill and Jeff to create the most state of the art bowling and entertainment center possible. "The Alley" vision became a reality in March of 2008 and is located at 10221 Big Bend Road Riverview, FL 33569. For more information on "The Alley" please visit their website at

About South Shore Tweetup

The South Shore Tweetup was planned by a team of individuals with a strategic plan to bring Twitter users in the South Shore area together and meet face to face for some real face to face networking. The team consists of John Hummel (@Johnhummel), Mike Quale (@tall_geek), Robin Eads (@Imjustagoyle), Kim Carlisi (@kimpossible40) and Kim Randall (@_Kimrandall).

Anyone wishing to donate products or services for the raffle can contact any of the above listed contacts.

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One Step To Better Brand Yourself On Twitter

Strategizing the most efficient and unique ways to market your brand Online used to be a lot easier than it is today. A year ago using your company logo as your avatar on Facebook or Twitter would have been just fine, now you are considered a suspected spammer until proven otherwise.
Time to get creative!
HINT #1: Use your real image and embed your logo into the image.
Now you are knocking two things out at one time. You are now putting a face with a name AND you are still branding your company with your logo.

The Internet is Changing Daily, is your Social Media campaign keeping up?


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