Go ahead and laugh, but we’re going to declare that 2009 was the year of Twitter in the Scene department. As the city’s scenesters joined the social media site en masse, it became increasingly easier to find out what was going on, who was there, and whether or not you wanted to be, too. The Twitterati (meaning anyone in Charleston with a Twitter account) shared info on upcoming parties and live-tweeted events.   

And now, the 2009 events that got Charleston all atwitter.

Between a bigger-than-ever Charleston Fashion Week, two locals appearing on Project Runway, and the emergence of several young and talented new designers, the fashion scene was stronger than ever this year.

A growing concern for the environment (and our wallets) led to the continued growth of bike culture in Charleston. Charleston Cycle Chic proved that you don’t have to wear spandex to ride a bike, while newcomer @bikecharleston seeks to spread the word on all bike-related events.

Tweeps got rabid at the mention of Pecha Kucha, the semi-annual lecture series/happy hour/networking event. Organizers even projected a live Twitter feed at the side of the stage to reflect everyone’s #pkchs-related tweets.

Spoleto and especially its after-parties were covered in depth by the smart-phone-carrying public. Twitter turned out to be a valuable resource as folks shared opinions on big shows like Don John and bragged about the exclusive after-parties.

The Lowcountry Highrollers, Charleston’s badass women’s roller derby team, hit the track hard and connected with fans via their handle, @lchighrollers.

The city moved farther away from the traditional arts scene with the openings of new art spaces like Scoop Studios and 16 Penny Gallery, Robert Lange’s expansion, Eye Level Art’s emergence as a major event venue, and most recently, the opening of Outer Space. They all have a presence on Twitter, giving real-time updates on shows, featured artists, and events.

Foodies covered events like the Food + Wine Fest and Nosh Mob, and shared their delicious meals via 140 characters and Twitpic, while the Twitterverse drooled in envy (and made plans for dinner). Our own editor Stephanie Barna (@cpeats) has gained a devoted following for her comments on the city’s restaurant scene, and savvy diners have weighed in on new additions like Midtown, Hope and Union, Bin 152, and Closed for Business.

The “young and hip” (as @haireofthedog calls them) crowd made sure everyone knew they were planning on going, they were at, and they were really enjoying hot events like Kulture Klash, Skinful Halloween, and Righchus Renaissance.

If you’ve been hesitant to join Twitter, hopefully this will inspire you to join in 2010. Happy New Year! —Erica Jackson (@calendar_girl)