Details behind the Tweetup: Tweetup badges

As we get closer and closer to the Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup, we wanted to give you a little more information on what you can expect at the event beyond lots of tweeting, lots of friends and lots of N.C. State Fair lovers.

So now our tweeps know about the artists and entertainers coming to the Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup, as well as the awesome food they’ll be able to sample. But what about the all-important tweetup staple known as the tweetup badge?


No sweat–we have you covered!

This is actually one of the elements of the tweetup that we’re most excited about, mainly because we’ve never gotten badges before. And we have to admit, these are pretty snazzy.

We want to give a big shout out to Rich Drake, owner of Tweetup Badges, for his help in designing the badges. He was awesome to work with and really made the entire process fun and easy. It was his idea to use the red-and-white checkered pattern we use in the header of the Deep Fried blog, and we made sure to include an area for attendees to write in their names, as well as their Twitter handles.

On the back of the badges you’ll see Tweetup Badges’ logo and tag line, “helping you put names to faces in the offline world.” We’re excited to do just that at the Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup. Also, Rich helped us place a QR code on the back that will take you straight to the N.C. State Fair Web site.

We took a minute to learn more about Rich and his Tweetup Badges, and managed to throw him a few deep-fried curveballs:

How did you get into the tweetup badges business?

I own a company called VR ID Cards that produces employee badges for small companies and organizations. I also produce event badges, membership cards and key tags. The first time I went to a tweetup we all had those adhesive name tags. I had a lot of fun and met some very interesting people so at the next tweetup I made badges for everyone that signed up. The attendees liked them so much that they started talking about them on twitter and on their blogs. Not long after Wayne Sutton contacted me to see if I would be interested in making them for Triangle Tweetup. That’s all it took and Tweetup Badges was born.

How do Tweetup Badges add to the tweetup experience?

The biggest thing at a tweetup is putting names with faces and more importantly a face to a twitter handle. You know everyone from their twitter handle so as you are socializing you can glance at the tweetup badges and instantly know who you are talking to. Unless you are not following them. In that case if you are having a good conversation and want to start following them you can see what their handle is.

Have you ever worked with a State Fair before?

I have done work with the Iowa State Fair. I sold them and maintain the photo ID system that they use to print all of their staff badges.

Tell us about how the QR code works and what tweetup attendees can do with it.

I started adding the QR code to the back as a cool and simple way for you to start following people. If you have a smart phone with a QR Code reader installed all you have to do is scan the code on the back of there badge and it takes you to their profile on twitter.

If someone wants tweetup badges for their own event, how can they reach you?

They can order them online at or they can check out if they are looking for something other than tweetup badges.

If you could deep-fry anything, what would it be?

The first thing that comes to mind is a Thanksgiving turkey.

Want a badge of your own? We have 250 badges to give out to our tweeps, so be sure to register at

About Cotton Candy

Karlie Justus - blogged for the 2008 / 2009 N.C. State Fairs. This is her bio from 2009: When I'm not blogging for the N.C. State Fair, I go by Karlie Justus--but Cotton Candy suits me just fine. My earliest memories of the Fair are of the times my parents would bring my brother and I up from Asheville, N.C. for a double dose of the Fair and a N.C. State football game. Fast-forward two decades later, and I'm a public information officer for the deep fried celebration whose must-see Fair attractions include the giant pumpkins, decorated cakes and deep fried Oreos.


  1. HI Rich – you could place 1to1 QR codes on each registered attendee’s badge and program is so that so to follow someone’s tweet you just cell scan their badge. has software to generates 1to1 QR codes.

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