London Twestival Sells Out... Twits, Texts and Tequila

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amiando - LONDON TWESTIVAL - London - Shoreditch Studios - @twestival.

So this week the first 500 tickets for the second London Twestival went on sale, and you guessed it Sold Out. (Kind of give away in the title of the post I Know but come on, you wouldn't be reading otherwise).

Twestival London is described thus:

On 12 February 2009 100+ cities around the world will be hosting Twestivals which bring together Twitter communities for an evening of fun and to raise money and awareness for charity: water.

Join us by hosting a Twestival in your city, attending an event, or participating online.

The Twestival is organized 100% by volunteers in cities around the world and 100% of the money rais

ed from these events will go directly to supportcharity: water projects.

In September 2008, a group of Twitterers based in London UK decided to organise an event where the local Twitter community could socialize offline; meet the faces behind the avatars, enjoy some entertainment, have a few drinks and tie this in with a food drive and fundraising effort for a local homeless charity.

The bulk of the event was organized in under two weeks, via Twitter and utilized the talents and financial support of the local Twittersphere to make this happen.

Around the world similar stories started appearing of local Twitter communities coming together and taking action for a great cause. Twestival was born out of the idea that if cities were able to collaborate on an international scale, but working from a local level, it could have a spectacular impact.

By rallying together globally, under short timescales, for a single aim on the same day, the Twestival hopes to bring awareness to this global crisis.

Great stuff... All well and good. People who like a thing, get together and chat about that thing and raise some money for a great charity along the way.

However... (and please don't come down too hard on me for this because, I personally don't have a problem with it) Why would an online community, one that is largely made up of lots of people connected purely via the internet (at least is my @jamespoulter follow list is anything to go by) want to meet up offline and discuss... what? Exactly. Of course, a networking opportunity. Or a dating chance, or just an option for twitterholics to get out of the house. Either way. Just still seems all a little odd that the unknown little app of a year ago, a truely niché product-come-mainstream is bringing people truely together. I leave that debate to you.

As a way of closing, let me also direct your attention to the ticket facility that twestival are using - namely - amiando .


A great online ticket management/event management tool, allowing you to set up an event, sell tickets, post your purchase to Facebook using FacebookConnect. Great tool, easy to use.  So well done. Let me know if you are going. If they release more slots, then I'll see you there, work out what all the fuss is about...

Out of office...

So it is with a sigh oh relief, and great joy that I left the office today for a well deserved Christmas break. What a term. What a year, and it's not out yet. The largest single piece of work I have ever produced is behind me. University is behind me. I've been capped, gowned and shoved out into the real world in these past fleeting 12 months and find myself in gainful employment in one of the most exciting creative environments I have ever set foot in- which is quite a statement for an office job but I think it's appropriate.

Being thrown in at the deep end of things has developed two quite polar feelings within me- 1. Fear and 2. Confidence. It's amazing how the prior really does help hone and shape the latter. I never invisioned myself at OPR, or doing what I do now, but now 2 months in I can't imagine doing anything else. Let's just hope the enthusiasm with which I write now is not cut short by the lethargy and slobbery of this Christmas period.

I am still questioning dailey whether this is me following the calling God has put on my life, or merely by own doing. But I know he has good plans for me, to prosper me and build me up. Right now i'm being built, and I am building. If this sphere of influence can be harnessed for the kingdom then why not we it? After all Christianity is in as much need of some decent PR as Nike, unilever, ford and alike, if not more so.

So my Christmas musing will be a little different than years past. For the first time I'm excited about my academic writing, yet no one is hounding me for it as I embarking of writing my first white paper, a conceptual piece which will feature here at some stage no doubt. Whoever would have guessed I would be writing such things of fun? Mr Hendy will be proud... Look him up his book on Radio 4 is very good...