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More Than a Year Later, Tuttle LA Is Still Going Strong

Francine at Tuttle LA

Me at Tuttle LA at Toorak Coffee with Jeb and Vaughan in the background. Photo by Ms. Jen Hanen

Remember back when I started posting about Tuttle LA? Well, we started trying to recreate the magic of the Tuttle Club social media cafe that I was involved with in London over here in LA last February. It’s always been a loosely organized group of freelancers, web workers and geeky folks, and through this small but dedicated group, I’ve made new friends, discussed a lot of interesting ideas, worked on a few projects and learned a lot.

When we started, we were meeting at The Library, a quirky coffee shop in Long Beach with an always-changing space. It was cozy and we enjoyed meeting there for nearly the entire first year, but we soon felt like we were outgrowing the changing space we liked to call ours. The tables were getting smaller, the Wi-Fi wasn’t getting any better, the place wasn’t getting any closer to the freeway, and we were constantly surprised by what we found in our meeting room, from a clothing store to a performance space (seriously, check out the older photos from our Flickr group).

We decided to change venues over to a newer coffee shop, Toorak Coffee, also in Long Beach, and we’ve found a happy home. The staff knows us, there’s lots of room for us to stretch out, we never feel like we’re being too rowdy during our heated discussions, and the Wi-Fi is quick and reliable. We only wish there were more outlets for our laptops. It’s also easy to get to since it’s just minutes off the 405.

I’m proud that we’re still meeting every other week like clockwork, and we’re currently discussing adding post-Tuttle educational programs. We’ve also had a number of special guests, including many Tuttle friends from London.

Just this past Friday a group of about 7 of us were discussing how valuable Tuttle has been to us. Since just about all of us work from home, Tuttle has provided an important outlet for meeting new people and adding a social component to our workweek. Because of it, we’ve gotten feedback on new projects, collaborated on work and gotten inspiration to try new solutions or conquer new tasks.

When we started out, I didn’t know if anyone would even show up. Now, our group isn’t huge, but we regularly have 6 to 10 people, and sometimes even a few more. Though I originally hoped we’d have a large, thriving group, I am happy with our steady pack of regulars who are committed to coming and helping each other out.

So Jeb, Jen, Vaughan, Al, Matt, David, Geoff, Kelly, Luke, and everyone else who stops by, thank you for being a part of Tuttle LA. It’s meant a lot to me, and I’m happy to hear that it’s meant a lot to most of you. You’ve helped inspire me creatively and professionally and you’ve introduced me to many great ideas, apps and tools.

Want to learn more about Tuttle LA and when we’re meeting next? Visit TuttleLA.com.

Introducing: The Tuttle LA Blog

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Today, we finally launched the Tuttle LA blog. It was meant to be a super easy and quick installation, but took longer than expected, mostly due to technical problems with the host we were going to use.

I kept it nice and simple, but added some neat plugins that I hadn’t used before, including Event Calendar, so you can see our upcoming meetings, and Twitter Tracker, which I wish had a few more top-level options, but is a nice way to pull a Twitter search into your sidebar and is easy to style.

tuttletwitter

With the launch of the blog, we also announced our next meeting, this Friday, April 10, 2009, at The Library Coffee House in Long Beach. We’re meeting at 10:30 a.m. again, and anyone who’d like to come is welcome. Hope to see you there!

Tuttle LA #3 Friday, March 27

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Sorry for the lack of advance notice on this post, but it’s been a hectic week! Tuttle Club LA #3 will be happening Friday, March 27 at 10:30 a.m. at The Library Coffee House in Long Beach.

So far, it sounds like there will be a nice crowd, including some new people. We’ll probably be in the strange T-shirt shop/massage chair/free magazine room on the right because it’ll be a bigger group and it’ll probably get pretty loud. Maybe we’ll take some more videos, too.

We’ll be setting up the Tuttle LA blog soon, but for now, leave a comment to let us know you’ll be showing up to share some coffee, conversation and social media talk, and we’ll look out for you.

The Basics

When: Friday, March 27, 2009, 10:30 a.m.

Where: The Library Coffee House
3412 E Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 433-2393

Tuttle #2 – This Time With Video, and No, We Weren’t in a T-Shirt Shop


What is Tuttle LA? from Francine Kizner on Vimeo.

Tuttle #2 was even better than Tuttle #1. We met again at the Library, and started by meeting in the cozy room on the left that has lots of couches, but we had a special surprise — a video Skype chat with Lloyd Davis (aka the Tuttle mothership, as Geoff said), who is at SXSW this weekend. We were a bit loud when on the call, so one of the annoyed Library patrons suggested we head to the bizarre extra room off to the right, which was empty.

With talked about Austin, Tuttle, London and more (check out the video above).

Our new spot in the side room provided us more seating space and let us talk and move around more, but it was a really bizarre space. There were a few yellow walls, some mismatched paintings, a rack of T-shirts and hoodies (all in primary colors), a massage chair ($1 for 5 minutes) and some paper lanterns.

In addition to all the talk about tech, phones, Twitter, WordPress and SXSW, we also did some video interviews. Geoff’s phone died, so we took all the video on my Macbook Pro.


Tuttle LA: Interview with Mark Davidson from Francine Kizner on Vimeo.


Tuttle LA Interview with Amir Motlagh from Francine Kizner on Vimeo.

This week’s attendees: Me (@kizziefk), Geoff Hickman (@geoffsays), Jeb Brilliant (@jebbrilliant), Mark Davidson (@markdavidson), Amir Motlagh (@amirmotlagh, Vimeo), Christine (@christyxcore), Caroline (@thevixy)

Tuttle #2

Tomorrow will be the second-ever meeting of the LA Tuttle Club. We’ll be meeting again at the Library in Long Beach at 10:30 a.m. for coffee and discussion about work, social media, marketing, music… whatever it is that you’re into. The first meeting was great fun — we all met some new people and learned about some new technology and music.

Geoff, Jeb and I will definitely be showing up, and anyone else who’d like to drop by is welcome. Leave a note in the comments, email, or send me a message on Twitter if you’d like to learn more or let me know to look for you.

We’ll be in the second room (so don’t worry if you don’t see us right when you walk in the door), and we’ll try to grab enough couch and chair space for anyone who’ll be coming. And don’t worry about coming a bit late — we’re not on any schedule — this is what you make of it.

The basics:

Where: The Library Coffee House
3412 E Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 433-2393

When: Friday, March 13, 2009, 10:30 a.m.

The First-Ever LA Tuttle Club


The first Tuttle LA group: Amir, Caroline, Mark, Geoff, Jeb, Me and David

Today we had the first-ever meeting of Tuttle LA. Maybe it should be called Tuttle LB, as we were actually in Long Beach. In any case, Geoff and I had been planning for this for a few weeks, but weren’t really sure if anyone was going to show up. Thankfully, we didn’t have much to worry about — we had a nice small group of 7.

The Library was a cool place. It felt a bit like someone’s living room, with couches and coffee tables and walls painted different colors. The coffee was good, too.

We talked about mobile phones, as Jeb had recently returned from Mobile World in Barcelona and had quite a few Nokias for people to play with. We also talked a lot about music, since Geoff manages a band and Amir is a musician, as is David, who joined us after listening in on some of our music conversation.


Jeb and Geoff

We also talked film (Amir is also a filmmaker), Twitter, and of course social networking strategy. Mark also told us a bit about some new social networking tools and concepts, and we discussed how social networks can create ambient awareness as well as AI technologies for social networks — as in, do you want a social networking app to be able to predict your behavior on a certain day or time since it’s been tracking what you’ve been doing, or is that creepy?

We of course talked a lot about our inspiration for meeting up — the London Tuttle Club. We made a Qik video and said hello to Lloyd, we decided that Jeb was the new Whatleydude as he was letting everyone try out his various mobile phones, and we talked a lot about Solobasssteve, since he was the one who convinced us to start something up here in the first place.

And just like in London, the gathering went long — we started at 10:30 and hung around until just after 2. And though I had good intentions of getting some work done and brought my laptop with me, it stayed in my backpack. There’s never really any time for solo work at Tuttle.

We’re having our second meeting two weeks from today, on March 13, so mark your calendars if you’d like to come — and let me know if you want to carpool from LA.

Bringing the Tuttle Club to Los Angeles

One of my fondest memories of living in London is my weekly meetups with London’s social media crowd at the Tuttle Club/Social Media Cafe. It’s how I met most of my friends in the city, it inspired me to delve deeper into social media with my work, and it provided lots of opportunities for me to talk about new concepts and learn new skills.

When I got back to LA, I really missed the weekly burst of inspiration and camaraderie, which is so necessary when working from home, so I was delighted when Steve Lawson introduced me to Geoff Hickman, and Geoff said he was interested in bringing Tuttle to LA.

He’s done some great work already, setting up a meeting place in Long Beach, The Library Coffee House, and we’ve chosen a date and time — February 27 at 10:30 a.m. We’ll be setting up a blog for the group soon, as well.

For those planning ahead, here’s the information for the first meeting (from Geoff’s Blog):

Where

LA’s first Tuttle Club will be held on Friday, February 27, 2009 at 10:30am at:

The Library Coffee House
3412 E Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 433-2393

What’s a Tuttle Club?

Tuttle Club is a loose group of people who come together to talk and work around social media. It’s freely open to anyone wanting to attend. Sounds vague but it really is what you make of it. Is it a place to meet people interested in social media? Yep. Is it a place to go to get your creative juices flowing? Sure. Is it a place to hatch plans with others? You bet. Is a place to learn, to teach? Absolutely. It’s all these things and more.

Of course, this is nothing new. The original Tuttle Club was founded in London by Lloyd Davis and has been a beloved weekly event for many of London’s geeks and creatives for quite some time. It is, however, new to the LA area.

Who Runs Tuttle LA?

That would be Geoff (@geoffsays) and me (@KizzieFK) but to be honest, the Tuttle belongs to everyone attending.
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