What is a social media event?
A social media event is an in-person meeting of people who use social media to engage with a particular organization or about a particular topic. Two of the most common types of events include "tweetups" (gatherings of Twitter followers) and "Instameets," (gatherings of Instagram followers). Some social media events are hosted by companies, government agencies, or non-profit groups, and others are simply organized by people interested in the same subject. Social media events may be informal get-togethers with no program or agenda, or they may provide participants with access to special speakers, tours, or other events. And of course, social media events involve a lot of social media posts before, during, and after the event!
What is an Alexandria Social Media Event?
An Alexandria Social Media Events is a social media event hosted in whole or in part by the City of Alexandria. As a government agency, the City's goals for hosting social media events are to educate participants about City services and issues; receive feedback on topics of concern to the community; and broaden the reach of City communications.
How do I register for an Alexandria Social Media Event?
Details about upcoming social media events will be linked from the top of this page. Each social media event will have a registration form that is available during a limited registration period. After registration closes, participants will be chosen and everyone who registered will be promptly notified. Registering multiple times will not improve your chances of being selected.
Who is eligible to participate in an Alexandria Social Media Event?
To participate in an Alexandria Social Media event, you should be an active user of the City's social media accounts related to the event, and you should be interested in the subject of the event. Certain social media events may have their own eligibility requirements, which will be noted.
Registration for an Alexandria Social Media Event indicates that if you are selected to participate, you intend to travel to the site of the event, attend the entire event in person, and follow all event rules. You are responsible for all costs related to your travel, accommodations, meals, and other expenses, unless an exception is noted for a particular event.
Centennial of the Everyday InstaMeet
July 15, 2017
This InstaMeet will be held in partnership with the Office of the Arts to engage with the new Time & Place initiative. This unique public art program invited artists with research-based practices to create temporary public artworks in a variety of media at sites managed by the Office of Historic Alexandria. The first exhibition of this initiative is taking place at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.
Time & Place Tweetup
November 19, 2016
This tweetup was held in partnership with the Office of the Arts to engage with the new Time & Place initiative. This unique public art program invited artists with research-based practices to create temporary public artworks in a variety of media at sites managed by the Office of Historic Alexandria. The first exhibition of this initiative took place at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.
John, George & Frank Tweetup
October 28, 2014
This tweetup will be held in partnership with Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon. See the original Francis Scott Key manuscript for our National Anthem, learn about the War of 1812 history at Mount Vernon, and discover how John Gadsby relates to it all! Participants will see rarely viewed letters of the collection, hear about archival conservation, and venture into the vault that houses the likes of George Washington’s annotated copy of the Acts of Congress and Martha Washington’s Bible.
Congressional Cemetery Tweetup
November 10, 2013
This tweetup was held in partnership with Historic Congressional Cemetery and provided an opportunity to learn about John Gadsby and his final resting place at Congressional Cemetery. John Gadsby’s impact on hospitality goes beyond Alexandria, VA and is embodied in his large, stately vault. At Congressional Cemetery, participants heard about its history, its preservation story, its beauty, and how to safely clean historic headstones. After a short tutorial, participants tried out their newfound skills. Although held in a cemetery, this event was sensitive to the nature of its surroundings.
Ice Well Tweetup
July 1, 2012
This tweetup was an opportunity to raise awareness of the Museum’s 18th century refrigerator -- the historic Ice Well -- currently under restoration. This Ice Well played an important role in Alexandria’s hospitality industry and helped attract the likes of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson through its doors. At the Tweetup, participants learned more about this hospitality history of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and climbed down into Ice Well itself for special refreshments! The event took place at Gadsby's Tavern in Old Town.
Salon Tweetup with President James Madison
Jan. 29, 2012
The City's first-ever tweetup provided a unique opportunity to learn about our nation’s history through the eyes of our fourth President. This in-depth access to James Madison helped illuminate his presidency and ultimately how his decisions impacted the movement toward the War of 1812. The event took place at Gadsby's Tavern in Old Town, and included a session with Mayor Euille and other City officials to discuss the City's use of social media.