The first of many gluten free tweetups #gftweetup

Last night, Thursday 2nd June, between 8pm and 9pm, I took part in my very first gluten free tweetup. Chaired by health journalist and author of ‘Coeliac Disease – what you need to know’ Alex Gazzola, it was a very lively debate with lots of different subjects discussed.

If you’ve never attended a tweetup or don’t use twitter, the best way to describe what it’s all about is to liken it to a kind of forum on twitter. We all used the same hashtag #gftweetup in our posts so that we could all follow the questions from the chairman, answers and various threads.

Our erstwhile chairman Alex has written a summary of the main topics covered on his blog: Coeliac and Gluten Free Tweetup, 2nd June 2011 – a summary of points.

Here’s a snapshot of what you would have seen:

If you’d like to read the whole stream of unadulterated conversation, as it happened, download a PDF of the #gftweetup. I had missed some of the conversations and responses so I found it interested to scan the whole tweetup pdf too. It’s a little confusing as the answer to a question may come after a few more questions and other comment streams, but by using the @name of the person you were responding to, as well as the #gftweetup hashtag it was fairly easy to follow. Takes a while to get used to it but twitter was a good platform for the event.

I’m hoping there will be another gluten free tweetup very soon so watch out for news. There could be scope for an allergy tweetup? An eczema tweetup? You name it. The possibilities are endless.

Did you attend? Wish you had and plan to next time? What did you think of it if you did? Would you attend again? What else could we have done to make it more exciting?

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Ruth works freelance as a copywriter and writes the What Allergy blog to share information with people who have allergies, eczema, asthma and food intolerances. was voted in the top 5 allergy blogs and Ruth also judges regularly for the FreeFrom Food Awards and FreeFrom Skincare Awards. She also won the Foods You Can People's choice Best FreeFrom blogger award 2014.


  1. Thanks for the credit, Ruth – but it was Alex Gazzola (@HealthJourno) who organised the Tweetup – we were only promoting it and, unfortunately, were not even able to take part – although it sounds like a good conversation. Very much hope we will be available for the next one.

    • Hi Michelle… yes I did think it was organised by you at first, but by the time I’d finished writing this write up, and adding bits I realised it wasn’t and updated the post. However my clever email system remembers the FIRST heading I post to the site, and NOT the CORRECTED and SAVED heading that followed. Oh well! Gets you some unearned publicity which can’t be bad ;o)

  2. I enjoy what you guys are up too. This type of clever work and exposure!
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