Tweetup in Winnipeg, Manitoba – #SMMBT

Me & JF Ratthe

Me & JF Ratthé

“I’m having a beer at Earl’s. Come down before the Tweet-Up.” says the text message from JF Ratthé, the expert of Downtown Winnipeg Condo’s.

I don’t like beer, but I do like JF, so I go. 😉

JF is what Social Media is all about. He is a connector, through and through. He is funny, engaging and – above all – he is passionate. I don’t think it’s possible for anyone to know as much about Condo living in downtown Winnipeg than JF.

JF is one of the original Winnipeg Tweet Up friends that I made when I first came back to visit Winnipeg a few years ago.

SMMBT Tweetup

Matthew Shepherd (@MatShepSeo) is the mastermind behind the #SMMBT tweetups. This evening marked the 3rd one, and I found out about through my good friend David (more info on him shortly), his friend (and my twitter pal) Bridget

One of the highlight presentations of the event was the local downtown awareness campaign known as Downtown Peggy.

Downtown Peggy

Downtown Peggy

Downtown Peggy – Smart campaign, mysterious identity. As an attempt to promote downtown living in Winnipeg, the Downtown Biz crew introduced Downtown Peggy: a social media persona that travels around, incognito, espousing the benefits of what Winnipeg’s city-center has to offer. These gems are shared via Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and her blog.

Check her out at:

SMMBT Tweetup Crew

SMMBT Tweetup Crew

Some of the other cool people that were there:

  • @Lurquer – One of my best friends in Winnipeg… David is a brilliant man with surprisingly deep insights into life’s challenges. He’s definitely someone who has helped shaped my life.
  • @WendyNovotny – aka “Miss Abs”. Personal trainer & life coach, this woman will have you in shape, physically and otherwise, in no time! Looking to go to the next level in your life? Check her out at
  • @MarloBoux – A former local radio personality, Marlo recently launched her own online show. Much smaller in real life than you’d thind she’d be, but her big personality shines through… She radiates positive energy. Check out her show:
  • @OneCleanBean – Joanna is passionate about cleaning stuff up. Period. Check out her company:
  • @lee873 – I actually didn’t get much of a chance to talk to Lee, but I threw him in to make it look like I wasn’t just talking to women all night… 😉

Winnipeg is typically seen as a really big small town, but there is some great promise in the Social Media Industry. Watch for great things happening in the near future.

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