Washington DC Twestival: Tweetup on Steroids.

Everyone loves a good Tweetup. How about a Tweetup on steroids? That would be called a Twestival. And there will be one in Washington D.C. (among other cities across the world) to help raise funds and awareness for charity: water. Along with 100+ other cities, the Twestival will take place on February 12, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm. For D.C. attendees, the benefit will take place at Local 16. Click here for more details.

What grew from the concept of a basic tweetup has turned into a global effort to raise funds for charity: water, a non-profit organization dedicated to delivering clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations by funding sustainable solutions in areas of need. And turning to the power of microblogging and social networking on Twitter, the Twestival has already gained a good deal of momentum, with volunteers around the world helping to organize this massive event. The most interesting aspect of the Twestival is the fact that it’s so closely tied to Twitter the network, its own self-regulating “communities” of followers and followees that have congregated around linear interests, and the overall Twitter culture.

Twitter made a name for itself when people realized that it could be used for finding out where key people were going to be at various events, and the Twestival is merely an extension of Twitter’s power in this regard. Hopefully the Twestival will garner a good deal of support for charity: water, and I’m sure many more will be taking advantage of Twitter’s platform for similar benefits in the future.

A short blurb about the Twestival:

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 fund-raising 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.