Thursday, February 12, 2009


Twestival HoustonImage by .imelda via Flickr

Today 175+ cities around the world hosted Twestivals which brought together Twitter communities for an evening of fun and to raise money and awareness for charity: water. Twestival is an event where people from Twitter gather together on Feb 12th and donate money to a Clean Water charity (Charity: Water). Clean water is needed everywhere in the world. Over 1.1 Billion people don’t have access to clean water.

Working in EC1 I decided that due to having no plans this evening that I would attend the London event which took place at Shoreditch Studios. With temperatures freezing and snow falling that didn't deter the crowds of Bloggers, Press and Social Media Enthusiasts. I attended alone but soon got interacting with people who share similar interests to mine. Unless you have an interest in social media, 3G enabled mobile handset or an over-sized camera this isn't the place for you but aren't we all geeks now anyway?

The evening started much like my day had begun, the cold shower I had this morning being replaced by snow. Then this morning I was unable to get my car into gear and that appeared the scenario at Shoreditch Studios as they were finalising the organisation when I arrived. I'm sure now whilst writing this blog post that they're still working through the cloakroom! After everything settled the night began and it was a buzz of activity.

Twitter is definitely well positioned to go mainstream and events like this only raise the sites profile further. My only regret was not interacting more with the people in attendance but in all honesty I was just trying to keep warm as the night was cold!! I'll update this post once I know the outcome of the events and whether they managed to reach the $1 million mark!

If you're a follower of my Twitter updates you will know that lately I have been retweeting more and also using hashtags to index conversation. By retweeting I am taking a twitter message someone else has posted, and rebroadcasting that same message to the people that follow my updates. Also I have been asked a few times recently about the definition of hashtags -
Hashtags was designed to accommodate the real-time news community. We provide analytic reports and indexing features to allow users to track what's happening now.

Hashtags are a community-driven convention for adding additional context and metadata to your tweets. They're like tags on Flickr, only added inline to your post. You create a hashtag simply by prefixing a word with a hash symbol: #hashtag.
If you attended a Twestival event today I hope that you enjoyed yourself! Let me know if you have any interesting stories to share and remember it's not a party unless the Police are called for the third time right ;)

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