Twestival is an event that is taking place in over 200 cities around the world on September 12. The event is being coordinated by Twitter users. Twitter is a social networking site with a base of over 4.5 million users worldwide. Twestival, the brainchild of a handful of twitter.com users, debuted in London in September, 2008. Intended to be a local networking affair where attendees could meet their contemporaries behind twitter avatars while also doing its bit for charity, it has evolved into much more.
A synchronized, global social media event of this scale is revolutionary. Thought-leaders in social media are already spreading the word virally. Twestival has garnered support from thousands of social media-savvy individuals and companies across the world to raise funds for CharityWater.org, getting word out through blogging, vlogging, Digging, tweeting and other online tools.
On September 11, 2009, Twestival goes “Local”. Participants will gather in over 180 cities all over the world, joining forces to raise money for a charity of their choice. San Francisco has chosen Operation Smile, who some of you may know as 140Smiles. Real people, real time, real power to make a difference.
Operation Smile is a private not-for-profit medical services organization providing reconstructive surgery and related health care to indigent children and young adults in developing countries. Medical volunteers travel on medical missions to repair of cleft lips, palates and facial reconstructive surgery in 34 countries around the world. Operation Smile has treated over 150,000 children and young adults.
The San Francisco Twestival event will take place September 11 starting at 8pm. Proceeds are to benefit 140Smiles.
Official Website: http://www.twestivalsf.com/
Added by kenyeung on July 28, 2009