I'm not sure how many times I've met someone at an event that I have connected with on social media. To be honest, I am thrilled!
I show up at tech events, startup events, entrepreneurial events, and, sometimes, comic-cons.
I will hear someone say, "Hey, I follow you on Twitter." It is like a homecoming of sorts.
I also like to visit over a cup of coffee and exchange ideas. I remember visiting with a mentor over a cup of coffee once and thinking how awesome it was to visit with her. I look back now and realize how fortunate I was. She has since moved to the other part of the country, but I cherish that time.
Don't be afraid to connect. I have my company social media accounts, but you are more likely to engage with me on my personal accounts - Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin. I even jumped on the Instagram and Periscope wagon last year. I am still figuring those out, but it is fun.