Social Media Tulsa Kicked off #Tweet4toys @TopThatPizza

#SMTulsa Interview w/ @TopThatPizza #Tweet4toys from Social Media Tulsa on Vimeo.

#Tweet4toys is a toy drive sponsored by Social Media Tulsa benefiting The Salvation Army in Tulsa (@SalArmyTulsa) by collecting toys for Tulsa’s forgotten angels.

Every year, The Salvation Army helps thousands of families during the holidays. Thanks to the generosity of so many Tulsans, most of the angels are adopted from the Angel Trees, but there are always some that do not get their holiday wishes fulfilled.

These forgotten angels are still left on the trees when it is time to give out gifts. Again this year, Social Media Tulsa is stepping up! They are hosting #Tweet4Toys to collect toys that will be used to ensure that every forgotten angel receives something special this Christmas.

The goal for Tweet4toys this year is to collect more toys. To reach that goal, Social Media Tulsa is hosting a series of Meetups and Tweetups.

The first Tweet4toys #Eatuptweetup was held at the all new restaurant, Top That Pizza, 8393 South Memorial Dr. on November 18, 2011. Tulsa’s social media enthusiasts filled three boxes with donated toys,
enjoyed the create-your-own personal pizza experience, and marveled at the Freestyle Coca-Cola machine.

“Top That Pizza is one of Tulsa’s best new restaurants to take kids. It’s really great to have places like this that the whole family can enjoy.” Said #SMTulsa member, Tyson Caldwell aka Tulsa Food Guy. “The best part about #Tweet4Toys for me was teaching my four year old boy about giving and sharing during the holidays…especially to those less fortunate than he.”

In addition to the events, there are more opportunities to donate toys. Tulsans can drop off a Toy at one of the Tweet4toys drop off locations,host an office, salon, church, or family toy drive. Tulsa’s Eco Green Mobile Detailing will pick them up.

People not in the Tulsa area can donate via The Salvation Army’s mobile giving. Text the words “Joy Toy” to 85944. (Include the space) to donate $10.

“To help spread the word, we are asking everyone who views this release to post the link to his/her Facebook wall and to send out the official tweet,” explained Social Media Tulsa founder, Cheryl Lawson. “We’re hoping that the generosity of the Tulsa community, combined with the power of social media, will help us collect more toys so that no child is without a toy on Christmas morning.”

The official Tweet is, “#Tweet4toys helps The Salvation Army help kids @SalArmyTulsa http://tweet4toys.org .”

“While you’re shopping on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, we hope you remember to pick up a few toys for the forgotten angels and that you’ll send out a #Tweet4toys.”

For more details and to learn how to participate visit tweet4toys.org.

View more photos from the Tweetup via Captured Charms Photography

Read entire release via Prweb
http://www.prweb.com/releases/Tweet4toys/SocialMediaTulsa_ToyDrive/prweb8980561.htm

#Tweet4toys kicks off with an #EatupTweetup @TopThatPizza

Tweet4Toys is a toy drive sponsored by Social Media Tulsa benefiting The Salvation Army in Tulsa by collecting toys for Tulsa’s forgotten angels.

Every year, The Salvation Army helps thousands of families during the holidays. Thanks to the generosity of so many Tulsans, most of angels are adopted from the Angel Trees each year, but there are always some that do not get their holiday wishes fulfilled.

These forgotten angels are still left on the trees when it is time to give out gifts. This year, Social Media Tulsa is stepping up! We are hosting #Tweet4Toys to collect toys that will be used to ensure every forgotten angel receives something special this Christmas!

This is where YOU come in.

This year, we’ve decided to add the face to face social with the Twitter activity! Social Media for Social Good!

The first event, #Eatuptweetup will be held Friday November 18, 2011 at Top That Pizza. Thanks to Social Media Denizen Eric Burns aka @ItsMeBigE

RSVP either via the Meetup page link on the right, or via Twtvite http://twtvite.com/q27f14

Bring a New and unwrapped toy to the Tweetup, enjoy some wonderful Pizza, and meet with fellow Tulsa Tweeps and make a Tulsa child’s Christmas wish come true.

To learn more about Tweet for Toys and to get involved visit, http://tweet4toys.org/

Google Plus: Open for Business

 

Since it’s introduction in June 2011, business owners have been clamoring to join Google plus.  While I personally like the person to person interaction on the new network, it was only a matter of time when business pages would be added.

Several companies, big  brands, and news organizations have already begun using Google+ to interact with customers.    Toyota, Macy’sNBC News, and even the Dallas Cowboys have set up shop on Google plus.

I even saw where The Muppets held a Google+  hangout yesterday.  (Sadly I missed it)

Muppets on Google Plus

Set up was pretty easy, I simply entered in my phone number and the page took me to my existing Google Places page.
The rest, as an experienced Google+ user, was an easy set up process.

I know the comparisons to Facebook and other social sites will continue, but in my opinion, Google Plus is not in the same category as other social networks. Mostly, because it fits so seamlessly into the other Google products most of us already use. Chrome, Gmail, Android, Places, and of course Search. If someone is conducting a Google search for you or your brand, Google+ will be a powerful advantage. What do you think?

Ready to get started? Log in to Google and enjoy

 

Earthquake! Tulsans Take to Twitter

Oklahoma Earthquake reaction via twitterMany of us were awaken this morning to what is being reported as a 4.7 magnitude earthquake .    That’s right, an earthquake in Oklahoma.   What was equally fascinating was how, just like those in other parts of the world, Tulsans took to Twitter to report, confirm, and verify the quake.

Don’t think people in Oklahoma are big Twitter users? Check out the real-time reaction to the November 5th earthquake.   Note: Not all tweets are safe for work.

[Updated:  Just after a busy day of College football, another larger quake hit the area.  I’ve updated the Storify to reflect the reaction to an even larger quake in Oklahoma.]