A new tweetup tradition?

When I was in the ninth grade, I had to do a science fair project. Somehow, it was chosen as a regional winner and I was selected to go to the International Science and Engineering Fair, which was held in Tulsa, Oklahoma that year. One of the traditions at the event was that participants would bring tiny pins representing where they were from to trade with others. Some were representative of a city, some a state or even a whole country. The pin in the photo above was given to me by another student at the Science Fair who lived in Merritt Island, Florida, which coincidentally is where I live now.

I started thinking this might be a neat practice for attendees of NASAtweetups or ESA Spacetweetups to adopt. It could help to facilitate conversation and encourage tweeps to meet as many of the other participants as they can, so they can collect all the different pins from their tweetup group. They could even put a spacey spin on it, finding pins representing a local planetarium, space museum, astronomy club, or or other space-related venue or group. Maybe some of these establishments or organizations would even be willing to donate the pins to tweetup participants to hand out and trade with others? It couldn’t hurt to ask. So, upcoming tweetup attendees, what do you say? Should we try this out and make it a new tradition?

  1. #1 by Libby Norcross (@libbydoodle) on October 11, 2011 - 6:44 pm

    LOVE this idea! I have always like pin-swaps! I may have to search for a good pin around here before I head out next week for my Tweetup… thanks for sharing your story!

  2. #2 by Peter Caltner (@PC0101) on October 12, 2011 - 8:16 am

    Great idea. Well worth trying to look for pins to be taken to a tweetup.

  3. #3 by ARJules on October 12, 2011 - 9:49 pm

    I’m all for it! 🙂

  4. #4 by Joi_the_Artist on October 13, 2011 - 9:08 pm

    Love it!! I have some #SchierholzFanClub buttons, are those suitable?

  5. #5 by uǝןɐʞ (@lunanola) on October 13, 2011 - 10:19 pm

    Would star- or (hopefully) space-themed Mardi Gras beads be an acceptable trade item? (I’m a New Orleanian; beads are our social exchange currency ’round here!)

  6. #6 by Libby Norcross (@libbydoodle) on October 23, 2011 - 1:39 pm

    @SchierholzFanClub buttons? Where do I get one of those?! Awesome!

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