Twestival – How Twitter Is Changing The World

One Night. 185 Cities. Tweet. Meet. Give.

On Thursday February 12, 185 cities around the world will be hosting Twestivals which bring together Twitter communities for an evening of fun and to raise money and awareness for charity: water.

The Vancouver Twestival will take place from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Opus Hotel in Yaletown. Tickets are only $10 each and every cent goes to charity: water. In addition, the Opus Hotel has agreed to give 6% of all drink sales to charity: water. Addition donations will be raised by the raffling of some great prizes. I’ve donated a $130 ViBook for the raffle. This is a USB to DVI or VGA adapter. It allows you to add another monitor to your laptop using the USB port.

I hope to see the Vancouver Twitter community out in force on February 12. Check out to find the location of the Twestival in your city.

Why Water?

Right now, 1.1 billion people on the planet don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water. That’s one in six of us. Many communities in developing nations often have a plentiful supply of clean drinking water just below the ground, but no way to get to it. This is where charity: water and their partner organizations come in. Drilling a well can cost from $4,000 – $12,000 USD and many living on less than $1 a day cannot afford one in their community, even if the money is combined.

charity: water is a non profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. They give 100% of the money raised to direct project costs, funding sustainable clean water solutions in areas of greatest need. Just $20 can give one person in a developing nation clean water for 20 years.

Twestival is a great example of how Twitter is changing the world. How long do you think it takes to organize an event of this size? We’re talking nearly 200 cities around the world. You would think it would take months, maybe years, of planning.

Under normal conditions, it may take over a year to set up something this big but this is Twitter and things happen a lot faster. 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.

In my How To Make 2009 Your Best Blogging Year, I said that you need to get on Twitter if you haven’t already done so. 2009 will be the year of Twitter. If you don’t get on Twitter now, you’re going to miss out big time.

37 thoughts on “Twestival – How Twitter Is Changing The World”

  1. Evan says:

    Cool John, thx for sharing. I wonder if there is one going on in South Florida…

    1. Thats really nice to see that twitter is doing some good in the world!!! Really shows the power and reach of the site too – I wonder why they themselves are going to start putting up ads on the site

      I’ve always wondered how twitter makes money!!

      1. John Chow says:

        Twitter is not making any money. Right now, they’re burning money. But they’ve hired some hotshot who is going to try and think of a way for them to make money.

        1. They are super hit all around the world and I am sure whatever they will launch to monetize their business will work. But I am expecting that they will do something which everyone wants to look at.

          1. I’m still dreading the day we see tiny ads in the sidebar of Twitter like Facebook implemented a while back.

          2. Meh,
            They will always be advertising. Who cares because we pretty much ignore it anyway

          3. I have the feeling that they won’t put ads on the profiles.

            Or maybe they will & will ask you to pay a fee to remove them? I hope not!

          4. Yeah, they’re quite irritating. But these free social networks have to make money out of something, and like most media sources, advertising is the key.

        2. Maybe they can offer you some ads on your tweets, maybe like an Inlinks but for tweets.

        3. Reyn Aria says:

          Hmm… I see… So Twitter is not much different than Facebook in term of financial situation.

    2. Miami, Tampa, and Boca Raton. I think I’ll be hitting Tampa’s.

  2. The Moneyac says:

    Wow I must say this is really remarkable. It’s sad also in the same moment when you think how many people live like that, and I’m not talking about poverty, but the most primitive things we need to function correctly – food, water, shelter, clothing.

    Gonna follow the even.


  3. TheSupertips says:

    I am just beginning with Twitter. But seems already a great tool. The other day somebody discovered my new blog and posted it on twitter. Then minutes later people started to come see my URL. I saw live traffic coming to my blog, and via the feedjit widget I knew it was from twitter. Great feeling, so I signed up immediatly.
    I’m in the unstoppable $37 Paypal Money business for now.

    1. So another one who is getting benefit through twitter. No doubt that twitter is really an awesome tool and its awesome to see how it works. Within few minutes all the news will broadcast to all over place.

      This one is simply amazing.

    2. Wow, congrats on your major traffic turn out from twitter. Yes it definitely is a great social tool, you can do so much and gain just as much too from it.

  4. Darin Carter says:

    I see that iJustine is involved and promoting … this is the start of a new era!

  5. Pheak Tol says:

    I hope there’s one here in Jersey, it’s a cool thing plus for a good cause as well.

  6. Thanks for sharing John. Have been following you and your tweets for a while. What I must say is your blog is full of great information.

    About this post, I do agree with you that water is definitely scarce in the world and definitely a good cause to have such meaningful event for that cause.

    Using Twitter has been one of the greatest pleasure of my internet marketing days these days. Not only can I communicate with most of my readers easily, I can also make new friends too. I think life will be much tougher now if Twitter is gone. Well, so for that, I really agree with you 100% that Twitter will be a mandatory tool for 2009!

    It has been for 2008 and it is definitely a requirement for 2009. Those who don’t tweet, is equivalent to those whom do not carry a cellphone –> 1 word: Short-Changed.

    So be quick and be on Twitter. Thx John.

  7. john congrats on spreading the word about CharityWater – The power of Social Media for the Good of Mankind! Love it 🙂

  8. joe gelb says:

    its great this is happening. the world needs a change and twitter is that revolution. leveraging markets and having fun i think twitter is the best

  9. game-girl says:

    I totaly share the idea of the Twitter being a revolutional innovation in the internet.I hasn’t revealed all its opportunities jet.

  10. Excellent charity choice. We keep hearing about the importance of oil and other fossil fuels, but clean drinking water will be a lot more important to international security over the coming decades. With populations booming in developing countries, it’s just a matter of time before this hits the front pages. It’s a great time to start working on the availability of water.

  11. It’s amazing to think of how popular a service that gives you 140 characters to share your thoughts has gotten. If anyone’s ever needed enough proof that social media is here to stay, this is it!

  12. That’s great that they’re making a difference even though the economy is down the gutter.

  13. Francis says:

    Hi.twitter is really changing the world.I just signed up with twitter a month ago. I never knew how informative twitter can be. It keeps me updated about the people I’m Following especially new contest undergoing.Thanks twitter for being there for us. and John, nice post. I hope I can win some flip mino hd from your contest

  14. SEO Tips says:

    Thats an excellent idea, its amazing how the Internet has started to help third world countries by bringing everyone together.
    I hope they are doing one in London, might have to go down.

  15. Reyn Aria says:

    It’s amazing how simple ‘tweeting’ can bring people together for a festival.

  16. Woooooooooow a twitter festival. This sounds real lucrative. I am wondering how more big will twitter go.

  17. Chef Patrick says:

    Nice, I just contacted my local rep to see when and where. Couldn’t find any city specific info on the site.

  18. That sounds very exciting – will see when they have one in NYC – I love charities especially when its something so vital that we all take for granted but so many are lacking. Thanks for shedding light on the issue and telling us about the Twestivals

  19. I ve enrolled for the Toronto Twestival…anyone here from Toronto

  20. I just started using twitter and haven’t been active that much just as yet, but when I start to fully explore, I know I’ll reap a lot of benefits from it.

  21. Agent 001 says:

    Thumbs up for Twestival. I appreciate Twitters’ efforts. I hope it happen somewhere near my town.

  22. Hammad says:

    whould you mind using seal? it will be fun

  23. I think this is a great idea. It’s always nice to give back. There is a Twestival in Boston. I just might have to hit it up…

  24. Great things seem to be happening to Twitter or things involving Twitter. Hey I didn’t know there is such a word called Twittersphere.

    Peter Lee

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