It's Feb 14th and that means it's St. Valentine's Day! I have to say I had a wonderful experience today as I had my first ever speed dating experience in my life. This speed dating was different from any normal speed dating, in fact it's utilizing the new technology with Social Media and was done via Twitter!!
Twitter Speed Dating (dwitter) was part of the Social Media Week Hong Kong event and is co-organized with #TDHK (a social meet up group in Hong Kong that start up by @jmis and @hyperCasey). The event took place at Bisous where a projected screen were set up with and Twitter wall with hash Tag #TDHK were displayed. Since it's Valentines Day, Nokia the sponsor had also provided some beautiful roses to all the participants!
How does it work: Host had prepared some random questions with multiple choice answers. Questions were twitted out (on the projected screen) with the hash Tag #TDHK. Participants were to choose the answers that suits them the most (then tweet your answer out with the #TDHK hash tag).
People with the same answer will gather together and form a group, the group will then have 3 mins to get to know each other.
During the 3 mins time duration, if you and your potential match are in sync and think you are a match raise up your hand and you will get a *match sticker*.
At the end of the night the people with the most stickers are pair up and consider as *match*, they then get the prize of free dinner at a fine dinning restaurant. Beside the lovely dinner, Nokia also offered 2 new phones as the lucky draw for the other participants (1 male, 1 female).
As one of the participants I have to say it's a very awesome (first time) experience! The idea is very innovative, love the concept a lot. It's awesome to see how Social Media can be easily plugged into speed dating, guess this is why we are having social media week.