The day the @Peppertweets went to #Twestival
Posted By Peppermint Soda
Last night was Manctwester. This is the local arm of the global phenomenon Twestival which uses social media for social good. It aims to unite people across the world on a single day to highlight a great cause and have a fun event.
So, off we went to Noho Bar in Manchester’s Northern Quarter to see what the evening had to offer. We walked in to see a mass of people tapping away on iPhones – probably looking up answers for the ‘twiz.’ It was a tough one and, unfortunately, Team @Peppertweets didn’t fare particularly well!
The nominated charity for the event was the Wood Street Mission which had, unsurprisingly, been voted for through social media. The evening kicked off with a short video about the work that the Wood Street Mission does and how our donations would go towards helping the cause.
The evening rolled on with a charity auction and a live link-up to events across the world. It was all quite exciting and oh so very web 2.0 − from name badges with your Twitter username on them, to the live video blog and Twitter wall. A good night was had by all and hopefully a decent total was raised for the charity. Mission accomplished.
It goes to show those out there who think Twitter is a forum for showy celebs and people updating you on what they ate for their lunch that they may need to reconsider. Social media is a force to be reckoned with and there’s little doubt that fundraising will continue to go in this direction.