What is a Human Resources Tweet-Up?

By Ingrid Stabb

Human Resources professionals are becoming increasingly active over social channels and sharing best practices in meetings both in person and meeting virtually. The concept of the “Tweet-up” has been around for over 5 years. I remember attending early ones put on by social media marketers and Gen-Y event organizers at big conferences. Now HR & Learning professionals are fully on the bandwagon and have their own style of Tweet-ups.

So is a Tweet-up just on Twitter or is it a real meet-up? 

It is both a virtual meeting and an in-person get-together. The bricks-and-mortar component is typically an informal get-together at a bar—not far from conference grounds. Here people can meet in a more informal setting than some of the stiffer conference sessions during the day. It offers an opportunity to talk 1:1 with one of the conference luminaries or to network with fellow professionals. These events are typically hosted by an association or a vendor to get their name out to the audience, and it includes drinks and appetizers. At the same time there is often a virtual component, especially for folks around the world that are not able to attend, but still want to participate in the conversation. The best ones I have seen include a moderator or speaker Q&A over twitter, and dialog flies on a set hash tag every few seconds. Active conversations can also pop up on the Tweet-up hash tag that are completely organic without an appointed moderator seeding the conversation. Typically people discuss thought leadership topics or controversial subjects in the industry that foster a healthy debate.

On February 5th from 7pm to 8:30pm Linked:HR, the largest group on LinkedIn, and Oracle’s Profit Magazine, are hosting a Tweet-up for HR and Learning professionals at TAO in Las Vegas. Join us virtually or in-person! #HCMWorld 

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Ingrid Stabb is Sr. Director of the Oracle Global Human Capital Management Campaign. Stabb brings the best of modern HR and talent management thought leadership content to help HR & Learning professionals stay on top of trends in best practices. She is the co-author of The Career Within You (HarperCollins 2010), is the leading expert on the application of the Enneagram personality strengths-typing system to talent management and career development. The Korean version of her book came out in 2011, the Japanese version in 2012, and the Chinese version in 2013. Ingrid holds an MBA from Yale and a BA from Columbia. Her multi-sector management career includes being named #66 of the Top 100 Most Desirable Mentors for Gen Y in 2011, serving on the founding management team of Score Learning Corporation and winning the E*TRADE President’s Award for product development.

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