How f2f networking is complimented by social media

Today while at a local coffee house I noticed the following tweet by @theofish –

“I think @billpiper is following me! (@ Panera Bread w/ @lrknight) http://4sq.com/5X2uXs”.

Theo is a member on our site and lives in the same area as I do, however we have never met.  After noticing the above message and realizing I was in the same location the following conversation ensued-

“we are here too…RT @theofish: I think @billpiper is following me! (@ Panera Bread w/ @lrknight) http://4sq.com/5X2uXs”

“@GoGrabLunch what? I don’t see you…..but then again, i don’t know who to look for.”

“turn left RT @theofish: @GoGrabLunch what? I don’t see you…..but then again, i don’t know who to look for.”

Apparently we were sitting three tables from one another.  And it was social media that allowed us to connect.  Here is the kicker – had I not gone over to meet Theo in person the contact chain would have been broken.

The next evolutionary step in a business relationship is always a face-to-face, one-to-one meeting; which usually occurs over lunch.  The nice thing about our site is that the connection is not random like in mine and Theo’s case.  Yes it was nice to have “randomly” connected with him.  But how often will business professionals that would benefit from connecting be in the same place at the same time?

Instead how about deliberately planning a lunch meeting with someone that you have never met?  Or deliberately plan a lunch with someone you know already but haven’t sat down with in a long time.

Now you know why we exist.  Connections take forethought…and food.  GoGrabLunch with someone new this week.

 

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About Jonathan Patrick

GoGrabLunch.com connects like-minded business professionals over face to face, one on one appointments based on each member's preferences.

Posted on December 2, 2010, in Networking and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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