The first meeting of Cuban Twitter users was announced by @leunamrguez (Leunam Rodríguez), set for July 1st starting at 4pm on central 23rd street and 12 in La Habana. The young man, 25, currently holds a position for Cuban Radio Information and Propaganda and runs the Cuban Radio Portal.
In his blog, Twitterencuentro [es], Leunam defends “convening live meetings with Twitter users,” and urges the creation of platforms for all regions and interests. For its creator, the philosophy that defines the event is “that which unites us as Cubans.”
In a post from June 16 [es], the blogger and organizer shows his excitement for the favorable reception that the event has had:
Se ha disparado una explosión en cadena. Desde que surgió el encuentro de twitteros en la capital de todos los cubanos: #TwittHab, los niveles de twetts y RTs se han elevado. El hashtag casi parece que llega a Trending Topic, que conste, no nos interesa pero bienvenido si sucede. La twittosfera se sacude ante un evento inédito: twitteros de #Cuba que por iniciativa propia deciden reunirse. Es increíble hasta donde hace eco la noticia, aparecen en diversos blogs todo tipo de referencias a este masivo tsunami que amenaza con rebasar los limites de la Red de redes y volverse un #twitterencuentro real. Algunos amigos del ciberespacio colaboran con sus propios Posts:
A chain reaction has been sparked. From the moment the Twitter meeting came about in the capital of all Cubans: #TwittHab, the levels of tweets and RTs have increased. The hashtag almost seems to appear as a Trending Topic, which, you know, does not interest us but we'll be happy if it happens. The Twittersphere shakes before an unprecedented event: Twitter users from #Cuba who, because of their own initiative, decide to come together. It is incredible the point to which it has echoed in the news, all types of references to this massive tsunami movement appear in various blogs of all types that threatens to go beyond the bounds of the Internet networks and result in a real #twitterencuentro [#twittermeeting]. Some online friends collaborate with their own posts:
I will be at #Twitthab, and you? [es] “La Polémica Digital” [“The Digital Controversy”] from @elainediaz2003
#Twitthab to meet one another, and only that [es] “Yurisander” from @yurisander
Currently, over 451 users have been invited on the event's Facebook page [es] and 40 confirmed attendance in within the first four hours.
Bloggers living on the island and outside of Cuba have spread the message on their blogs. Such is the case of El Yuma [es], of North American academic Ted Henken, and Roger Trabas [es], computer programmer and member of the Bloggers Cuba community.
You can follow the preparation for the meeting in real time under the hashtag #twitthab on Twitter.