Australian tweeters will gather for a meeting of the Twitter minds next Tuesday, 21 April at 7.30am. The Hilton Hotels Meet and Tweet, sponsored by Hilton Hotels Meetings for Free initiative, will aim to provide answers for Twewbies [people new to Twitter] and investigate the Twitter rules of engagement and Twetiquette.

HILTON HOTEL TO HOST AUSTRALIAN TWEET AND MEET

A public meeting to discuss Twitter rules of engagement and Twetiquette

Australian tweeters will gather for a meeting of the Twitter minds next Tuesday, 21 April at 7.30am. The Hilton Hotels Meet and Tweet, sponsored by Hilton Hotels Meetings for Free initiative, will aim to provide answers for Twewbies [people new to Twitter] and investigate the Twitter rules of engagement and Twetiquette.

The open to the public meeting will be chaired by media and marketing expert and Twitter aficionado Tim Burrowes (editor of mUmBRELLA). The uptake of Twitter has increased by a massive 131 percent between February and March, and now boasts over 9.3 million unique users. According to Mr Burrowes there is a definite need for brands and consumers to recognise the need for an open discussion on Twitter and twetiquette.

Twitter is considered by many to be the Facebook of 2009, and is a medium that can no longer be ignored, especially by brands.

Recent examples from Amazon and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia have demonstrated how quickly Twitter (and other forms of social media) can impact on your brand and the need for companies to respond quickly, said Burrowes.

The Hilton Hotels Meet and Tweet will bring together 60 Tweeters around one long table members of the general public who are passionate about the role of Twitter. Delegates will be tweeting live thanks to Telstra 7 Series Wireless Gateways, supplied by NetComm, and mobile broadband connectivity provided by Telstra's Next G network Australias fastest national wireless broadband network. Anyone with a Twitter account will be able to follow the meeting live via hashtag #beachmeet and submit questions directly to the panel.

Hilton Hotels Meetings for Free are sponsoring the Meet and Tweet in response to their recent research [i] that found face-to-face meetings build stronger business relationships and provide solutions to business problems.

The research  [ii] found that 77 percent of senior executives described offsite meetings as a necessity not a luxury, demonstrating that meetings clearly matter.

Recognising the continuing importance of meetings especially in volatile market conditions, Hilton in Asia Pacific has just launched a new industry first.

Anyone making an accommodation booking until 30th June for any date in 2009 will be eligible to receive a complimentary meetings package including meeting room facilities, refreshments and lunch. The offer extends across all Hilton Family hotel brands in Asia Pacific: Hilton, Conrad and Doubletree by Hilton.

At a time when organisations have become markedly more cost-conscious, yet still demand quality, Hilton Family has come up with this inspired solution of Spend your nights with us and your meetings are free to specifically respond to this emerging need in the market. We believe it is the ideal choice for cost-conscious business travellers, said Andrew Flack, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Hilton Hotels Asia Pacific.

Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that allows you to answer the question, "What are you doing?" by sending short text messages 140 characters in length, called "tweets", to your friends, or "followers."