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Plymouth Twestival Global 2010 – How a small bunch of Plymouth twits made a big difference

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On the morning of the 26 March 2010 you may have noticed a curious silence from the Plymouth Twitter community. That’s because they were all recovering from Plymouth’s first ever Twestival.

Organised in just under 3 months by volunteers rounded up at January’s Devon Social Media Cafe, Plymouth Twestival managed to raise almost £6,000 for Concern Worldwide. A staggering sum of money that will directly impact upon the lives of hundreds of children trapped in poverty across the world.

I’m still reeling from the success of the evening and I know I’m not alone. The power, strength and good-natured friendliness of Plymouth’s social media networks meant the city beat the fundraising totals of Twestivals held in much larger cities like Vancounver, San Francisco and even Sydney. We raised the third highest amount in the UK.

This just proves what a flourishing, diverse and technologically innovative city Plymouth is.

The good thing about Twitter is you end up breathing a communal, online sigh of relief when something goes well. Just search #plymtwest and you’ll see all the messages of support and celebration, twitpics from the night, banter and conversations that arose from this one phenomenal event.

Plymouth Twestival brought people together in an entirely novel but strangely old-fashioned way – strong links have been formed and relationships solidified.

Which is exactly the point of meetings like Devon Social Media Cafe – taking people away from their computer screens to meet in person, putting faces, voices and business cards to Twitter avatars.

If you want to see what all the fuss is about make sure you sign up for the next Devon Social Media Cafe which will be held in early May.

Also, if you’re interested there’s a great social media event at University College Falmouth on Wednesday 28 April. Jon Morter, the man behind the Rage Against the Machine for Christmas number 1 Facebook campaign will be explaining how he managed ‘one of the biggest shocks in chart history.’

For more info see the How I got Rage Against The Machine to No 1 by Jon Morter Facebook event page.

There’s a great blog post here from @paddaniels about why Plymouth Twestival worked.

There’s also a link to the official Plymouth Twestival film, kindly produced by Machine Media, which will bring back some fond memories to those involved and give a flavour of the night to those who missed out.

Once again I’d like to thank everybody involved in Plymouth Twestival – the sponsors, bands, volunteers, auctioneer Graham Barton, the staff at Plymouth Argyle and the local media and community who supported the cause. You’re all brilliant.

If you’d like to be involved in future events get in touch. Email: devoncafe@prdogs.com or talk to us on Twitter.

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Written by Devon Social Media Cafe

9 April 2010 at 1:26 pm

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