Twestival for Twitterers to meet and raise cash

USERS of one of the fastest social networking crazes on the planet will gather in the region tonight as part of an international money-raising event which will bring together 175 cities.

USERS of one of the fastest social networking crazes on the planet will gather in the region tonight as part of an international money-raising event which will bring together 175 cities.

Followers of online messaging tool Twitter will meet in Newcastle as part of Twestival – a festival giving ‘‘Twitterers’’ the chance to meet each other face-to-face and to raise money to deliver safe drinking water to developing nations.

Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users’ updates, otherwise known as tweets, which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length.

Tonight’s gathering at The Other Rooms will put Newcastle in the company of cities all over the world also hosting a Twestival, including Berlin, Madrid, Sydney and New York.

Funds raised at the event will be donated to Charity: Water, a non-profit organisation that is helping to bring clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

Aoife Ross, one of the volunteers organising the event, said: “The Tyne Twestival should be a great way for like-minded Twitterers to meet one another in person and build upon their existing relationships, and it should also help raise a lot of money for Charity: Water.”

The event is being sponsored by several local organisations, including spam protection system Email Cloud, and the Thinking Digital and GameHorizon Conferences, both of which are run by Codeworks, the North East’s centre for digital innovation.

Herb Kim, CEO of Codeworks, said: “We’re delighted that Thinking Digital and the GameHorizon Conferences have been able to help make this first ever Newcastle Twestival a success.

“Having started as the preserve of technologists and self-confessed geeks around the world, Twitter is becoming an increasingly popular and important tool for conversing with friends and colleagues, and for making the most of your relationships with online communities – something that’s hugely important today.”

Newcastle Twestival is open to anyone who is interested and attendees are asked to contribute £3 to charity online. Go to nebusiness.co.uk to find out more.

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