Dallas Twestival Delivers a Short, Direct Message in the Fight for Clean Water
|Twestival volunteer Heather Buzzell could be tracking the charity money she just collected. Or she could be tweeting about it to her friends.|
Leaning over a laptop on a folding table across from the movie theater, volunteer Heather Buzzell took cash for tickets and raffle entries, chatting up folks who'd been lured to the event by its regular mention on Twitter over the last few weeks. When she could, Buzzell posted her latest news from the raffle table onto Twitter. Across the small courtyard, maybe 30 feet away, others tweeted direct messages right back from their cell phones.
The fundraising goal for the night was $4,000 -- enough for the night's beneficiary, charity: water, to cover the cost of drilling a well in central Africa -- and midway through the night, Dallas Twestival organizer Lauren Vargas said she figured they'd meet it.
|Dallas Twestival organizer Lauren Vargas captures a moment for posterity, and probably TwitPic.|
In Dallas anyway, that made the Twestival a motley, potluck kind of party. Bands played upstairs by the movie theater while a lonely DJ spun down by the parking garage entrance. Raffle items included chocolates and locally decorated hula hoops. Folks from Pure Dental handed out fliers beside a photo booth they were operating.
Around the courtyard and in the bar, there was plenty of real-life socializing going on. Still, it was also hard to miss the awkward moments passing among camera-toting Twitterati who came ready to document every passing minute of the night for later posting online, only to hang back on the edges, filming each other and waiting for someone to pick up a hula hoop.
You can follow everything that went down at Dallas Twestival here.