One of the things I like least about Twitter is the fact that sometimes it feels like you’re having conversations with complete strangers, as even tweeps you interact with on a daily basis are people you have never met.
That’s why all @PhoenixSuns fans on Twitter should attend Tuesday’s second annual Tweet-Up when the Suns take on the @Spurs at 7 p.m. in US Airways Center. Lower-level tickets cost $64 (discounted from $132.25) and upper-level tickets $32 (discounted from $35.50). You can get these special offers with the discount password “tweeps.”
Besides getting to sit with all your tweeps, this package includes early entry into @SunsCrib, discounts on pregame “Twitter Tailgate” concessions, a Tweet-Up T-shirt and a 10-15 minute postgame Q and A with @Amareisreal himself. Live tweets will be displayed on the Jumbotron and the television broadcast as usual as well.
The Suns held the NBA’s first-ever tweet-up last season and got over 100 tweeps to come out and enjoy a game. They expect at least twice the attendance this time around.
“I think the fact that it was the first-ever tweet-up in the NBA was exciting for our followers who came, and it was also the first time most of them had met each other in person,” said Suns VP of digital operations Jeramie McPeek, otherwise known as @SunsWebmaster. “They were all familiar with each other on Twitter, but to actually meet face to face takes that connection to a new level.
“We’re trying to take our Tweet-Up to a new level this season, though. It should really be a fun event!”
What I like best about this event, and why I plan on attending it instead of getting regular press credentials, is that you get to put a face to a Twitter handle. It’s one thing to complain about the officiating against Denver with people you’ve never met, and it’s another thing to strengthen that bond by actually enjoying a game together in person.
“I love our fans on Twitter,” McPeek said. “I’m now in my 18th season with the Suns, and have always received letters or e-mails, or even the occasional calls from our fans, who want to share feedback on our magazine, back in the day, or our websites in more recent years.
“But the whole social media explosion has really given me a new appreciation for our fans, as I’m now able to interact with them on a daily basis. It’s really encouraging and even motivating to know there are so many people out there who enjoy the content we produce and who live and breathe Suns basketball. Their passion is contagious!”
So step away from your computer and come meet some of your fellow Suns tweeps. And don’t worry, you can always still tweet from your phone.