NEW: Here’s a direct link to a short film I produced for the PeterTweeter Awards.
I just moved to Peterborough, Ontario (about 90 minutes north east of Toronto) and was trying to settle into my new home and new city. Despite the date, Sunday March 18 2012, the sun was shining and the birds were chirping, enjoying an early feast on the first wave of freshly hatched mosquitoes My chores were winding down and after clearing the last of the debris on what would become my favourite reading spot in the new house patio, I posted the following tweet:
My twitter timeline lit up with some good suggestions that didn’t pan out, including a recommendation to visit Mike’s Place News in Oshawa, but the net result was zero. It seemed the chances of holding a coveted Sunday NYT on a lazy Sunday afternoon was unlikely. Then, a tweet rang through:
So, the new guy in the city of Peterborough uses Twitter to connect with a new friend. My coveted Sunday New York Times boards a plane in Florida, lands in Toronto by way of Ottawa, then ends up on my back porch to share a beautiful Kawartha sunset… on Sunday, sitting by the fire.
I can’t image a more interesting and positive example of the power of social media to connect people who happen to live in the most beautiful place in the world. I’ve found many kind souls from Peterborough that have the smarts and creativity to weave a delightful and exciting cultural fabric 140 characters at a time. It seems fitting that Peterborough is privileged to have remarkably generous and good-natured volunteers run the Petertweeter Awards night, a chance to get outside and shake off the winter clothes, recognize the positive impact we can have on our community, and meet the personalities that give us such joy. It’s a great chance to meet your online heroes and digital superstars face to face.
Because not everyone meets a private jet pilot who also does home deliveries responding to a tweet.
Make some new friends and meet some old ones too at this year’s Petertweeter, Thursday March 21 2013.