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Socializing with more than 140 characters at Vancouver Twestival

Vancouver's Twitter and social media community comes out to support the Twestival event locally, and contributes to non-profit organization Concern Worldwide programs globally. Over 9000$ raised. Great attendance and energy.

Vancouver's Twitter and social media community comes and support the Twestival event locally and contributes to Concern Worldwide programs globally. Great attendance and energy.

A rainy day in Vancouver presented an interesting opportunity for Tweeters of all stripes to come together this past Thursday at the CBC radio building for the second
Vancouver Twestival (#YVRTwestival, #Twestival ).  Beyond being a chance to meet all the people they previously only knew online, the Twestival may just demonstrate how the face of fundraising could forever be altered by social media.  Indeed, the attendance of between a 150-200 people successfully raised over $9000.

Tarlan @capsusbridge and volunteer in front of Silent auction table.Rebecca Bollwitt, Vancouver social media blogger and local Twestival organizer.
1st photo: Volunteers, Tarlan (@capsusbridge ) and Sonia (@sonsryan), 2nd photo: Rebecca Bollwitt (@miss604) Vancouver Twestival Organizer


Nick Molnar ( @nickmolnar ) is a self-described web-strategist who has worked on several social media projects in Vancouver and recently started a web-site called adoptaband to pair indie musicians with aspiring photographers to boost the profile of both.  He describes his most recent endeavor as a means of making poor people less poor as opposed to making wealthy people more wealthy.  He’s been excited to watch the emergence of Twitter as a real force for social change.  “If this were a gathering of all the people on Twitter in 2006, it’d be pretty boring,” noting that the existence of these tools becomes even more powerful when real people start to use them.

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