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Twestival Volunteering

14 February 2009 | View comments
Damien Austin-Walker

I thought it had been a while since I last volunteered so when a volunteer to look after the London Twestival blog was sought via Twitter it seemed like a perfect opportunity that I could do mainly online.

The Twestival or Twitter Festival involved people who use Twitter connecting offline to network and catch up socially.  It was organized though teamwork by volunteers.  Most importantly the Twestival supports a social cause by bringing awareness and raising funds collectively.  Twestival was held 12th February and supported charity:water,  a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.  When @amanda put the call out on Twitter for people to help out I volunteered my web skills and took on responsibiltiy for the London Twestival blog site.  In a matter of weeks Twestival grew to over 175 cities worldwide hosting an event, 14 cities in the UK alone, and everyone helping to organize was a volunteer.

charity: water for Twestival from charity: water on Vimeo.

It has been hard work. However this is far outweighed by the sense of acheivement and being part of a global movement.  The way that Twitter has enabled people, many who have never met, to come together and collaborate on such a scale is incredible and I have made some amazing new friends along the way.

The night itself was a great success, if not a bit of a blur due to the amount of stuff that needed organizing (and the great wine organised by @thirstforwine).

Many thanks to the rest of the London Twestival team for all their hard work, especially @amanda who got a surprise thank you on the night (and a little teary into the bargain).


Me stopping to chat with @thirstforwine and @grumblemouse whilst helping to set up the venue for the evening.


photograph by @joncart

For more information about all the exciting things that went on at and around twestival, try one of the links below. I'd love to write more myself but I need a rest, offline!


Twestival and London Twestival sites

Jemina Kiss at the Guardian reviews the night

Our Man Inside and the Gumballstyle Twestival Rally

Twestival photos on Flickr

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