The day the @Peppertweets went to #Twestival

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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.