The #DigitalDinnerTable Cookbook, Volume 1

Hi Twitterers! @AlyssaMaine and @JenDuguay here. Whether you joined Twitter in 2007 or just minutes ago, whether your profile hosts an unhatched egg picture next to less than 10 followers or your name is @ladygaga and you’re pushing 17 million followers, we are always happy to have you at our Digital Dinner Table. While Digital Miss Manners isn’t here to tell us how long is too late to wait to respond to a person’s text, or whether or not it’s ok to use your phone at the table at all (though we have an idea of what she’d say), we are making our own rules up as we go. The Digital Dinner Table is where we join together online to discuss those things.

With this in mind, Compete decided to open up our Twitter doors and host our very own #DigitalDinnerTable tweet chat. Yesterday afternoon, twitter users were invited to bring their own personal dish forward for a lunch time meal of digital Q&A. Here’s what they had to say!

Digital Dinner Table Ah Ha Moment

We’ve all had that “WOW – Twitter is a powerful thing” moment. For some of our digital dinner guests, it was finding out about Osama bin Laden’s death – for others it was their first collaborative communication on the platform, for @droskill at Compete, it was seeing the data on user flow to websites from Twitter.

Digital Dinner Table @markwschaefer @peplau

Just when you thought you were following enough people, our Digital Dinner Table guests start dropping the names of their favorite Twitter friends: @markwschaefer @avinash @sportsguy33 @rga @ochocinco @kimkardashian @hipstermermaid @rainnwilson (and of course @sdimarco and @scotteernst).  Maybe they’ll join us next time at the table?

We spend day in and out following friends, family, celebrities, political leaders, industry experts, etc., but haven’t you ever sat there and thought, “What if _____ had a Twitter?”. Just who is in our Twitter dreams? Abraham Lincoln, Bill Lee, Warren Buffet, and Ben Bernanke.

Digital Dinner Table Favorite Twitter Moments

Whether it’s getting retweeted for the first time, learning about  a world event such as Osama bin Laden’s death or the earthquake in Japan, each tweet has the chance of leading to a memorable moment for anyone on the twittersphere.

Digital Dinner Table Fiesta FordSquare Social Media Campaign

Twitter as been a medium for great campaigns such as @girlbehindsix @oldpsice and @dove real beauty

Digital Dinner Table Twitter Brands

Our digital dinner table brought guests together to share stories, set intention, and engage in each other’s thoughts and opinions. At the end we reflected on why we sit at the digital dinner table day after day and what it does for us, business, and our society. Twitter is important because you can connect, collaborate and share ideas and freedom of speech.

Didn’t get a chance to answer these questions? Leave your comments below!

If you would like a copy of the full #DigitalDinnerTable slideshow, click here.

Stay posted by following @compete for our next #DigitalDinnerTable chat!

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(Q2) JonesHon /

(Q3) Onur ERSIN /

(Q4) Albert H.

(Q5) Mike Flippo /


About Jen Duguay:
Jen Duguay joins Compete to take on all things social media. She comes from a social issue background, most recently having worked for the Social Innovation Forum, the venture philanthropy arm of Root Cause, a nonprofit research and consulting firm. Jen's interests include singing, marketing, running, art, making guacemole, and using social entrepreneurship to tackle world issues. She has spent time in Belize and the Dominican Republic working on microfinance initiatives and recently traveled to Kenya where she studied the public healthcare system. Follow Jen @jenduguay on Twitter.