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We are pleased to announce Smithsonian Tweetup at our Museum of American History for D.C. Social Media Week 2013!

Feb. 19, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Come behind the scenes of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to see some unusual objects in the collection and meet some of the Smithsonian’s curators and social media staff.

Event hashtag: #SITweetup

Registration for this event begins on Feb. 4.
Fifteen participants will be selected from registrants to attend the event and will be notified of their selection by Feb. 12. This event will be updated with the registration link and more information on Feb. 4.

What will I experience at the Tweetup?
The Smithsonian Social Media Week 2013 Tweetup is an exclusive, behind the scenes tour the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History for 15 active @Smithsonian and @amhistorymuseum Twitter followers. As a Tweetup participant, you will get a special tour and access to Smithsonian curators and researchers. You will also meet members of the Smithsonian’s Social Media Team.

The Fine Print (Terms & Conditions):
Entrants must have an active Twitter account that follows @smithsonian and be 21 years of age or older to be eligible for selection to attend the Tweetup. Registration is for one person only and is not transferable.

If you are selected for a Tweetup but cannot attend, please let the Smithsonian know and your space will be given to another registrant on the waitlist.

Tweetup participants are responsible for their own expenses for travel, accommodations, food and incidentals (unless otherwise indicated, e.g. food, may be provided for a specific event). Please let the Smithsonian know if you have any special needs, dietary requirements, or accessibility requirements prior to arriving for the event.

Some events and participants scheduled to appear at the Tweetup are subject to change without notice. The Smithsonian is not responsible for loss or damage incurred as a result of attending. The Smithsonian, moreover, is not responsible for loss or damage incurred in the event it cancels the event with limited or no notice. The Smithsonian reserves the right to exclude any person whose actions in any way interfere with the proper operation of the Tweetup, do not comply with Smithsonian policies or specific instructions when behind the scenes, or otherwise acts in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. All decisions of the Smithsonian are final. Please plan accordingly.

On the day of the Tweetup, registrants must show a government issued ID (driver's license or passport) that matches the name provided on the registration. Those without proper identification cannot be admitted. All Tweetup participants will be asked to sign a release form allowing the Smithsonian to use images or video taken of you and tweets sent by you during the event.


What is a Tweetup?
A Tweetup is an informal meeting of people who use the social messaging medium Twitter. Smithsonian Tweetups provide @Smithsonian and @amhistorymuseum followers with the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at the Smithsonian, see our collections, interact with our experts and sometimes meet special guests. Participants can expect an hour-long tour, half or full-day experience with a schedule chock full of activities and some free time to explore the Museum, talk with other @smithsonian and @amhistorymuseum twitter followers, and meet the staff behind @smithsonian and @amhistorymuseum and their learn about their social media outreach.

How do I register?
Registration opens on this page for a set period of time. Tweetup participants are selected from those who sign up on the web. Additional registrants are placed on a waiting list.

Do I need to have a Twitter account to register for a Smithsonian Tweetup?
Yes, Smithsonian Tweetups are designed for active Twitter users who follow @smithsonian or @amhistorymuseum. The goal of our Tweetups is to allow people who regularly interact with the Museum and each other via Twitter to meet in person and share the experience of visiting the Smithsonian’s collections, experts, and programs.

What are Smithsonian Tweetup registration requirements?
By registering for a Smithsonian Tweetup, you are indicating your intention to travel to the site of the event and attend in person. You are responsible for your own expenses for travel, accommodation, food and other amenities. You will need to provide government-issued identification (driver's license or passport) that matches the name provided on the registration.

Can I register if I am not a U.S. citizen?
Yes, non-U.S. citizens may register to attend Smithsonian Tweetups

When and how will I know if I am selected?
After registration closes, an e-mail with confirmation information and additional instructions will be sent to those selected as well as those on a short waitlist. If you are on the waitlist, you may receive an invitation only if someone on the original selection list cancels and a space opens up.

What if I cannot travel to the Tweetup?
If you cannot attend in person, please do not register for the Tweetup. However, you can still plan to follow along with the event on Twitter via @smithsonian or using the event hashtag provided above.

How can I get in touch with other Tweetup participants?
Once the participants have been selected, we will create a Twitter list that includes those selected to attend the event. By registering for this event you understand that you will be included in the list of Tweetup participants and that you will be able to find other Tweetup participants there, or by following the tweetup hashtag provided for the event.

Can I bring friends or family members to the Tweetup with me?
No, Tweetup activities may only be attended by selected participants.

What else should I know?
You will be asked to sign a release form allowing the Smithsonian to use your tweets and any images or video taken of you during the event.  

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