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Monday, August 31, 2009

TwestivalSF is Coming Up: Venue Announced Today

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Do you like Twitter? How about charity? And booze - you love booze, don't you? Have I got the event for you! On September 11th a "tweet-up" (ugh) for charity (yay!) begins at 8pm, lasting until the wee small hours of the morning - or 1am - whichever comes first.

The original Twestival (held on February 12th of this year) was a global affair with 202 cities participating. September's event brings Twestival local and has been organized almost exclusively online and through Twitter. 100% of the proceeds will go to Operation Smile - an organization founded to help children born with cleft palates get the surgery they need and can't afford.

Although there are lots of details about the event at the TwestivalSF website, I personally found the page to be the most accessible and concise of the two, although the whereabouts of the space were mysteriously NOT LISTED.

Appropriately enough, I turned to Twitter for the answer to this question and received this @reply from TwestivalSF's coordinator Krystyl.


response struck me as odd as I could have sworn I'd seen the DNA Lounge

previously listed as the venue. I went back over the Twestival blog and

found this

We had originally planned to use the DNA Lounge venue as we thought it would be a great location

and this

Unfortunately there were communication issues on both sides since we first engaged with them 2 months ago.

and this

Over time, given the lack of

communication between the owners of the location and their staff, and

coming across another venue that was very forthcoming and would let us

move ahead with planning the actual event we're all excited about, this

seemed like the best option.

We have reached out to them several times throughout the day in numerous ways, but have not had a single response.At

the end of the day, we would like to make amends and offer our previous

location complimentary tickets to our event on September 11.
(Read the original post here and the DNA Lounge response here)

Mystery solved I guess? Moving on, I suppose?

*reporter's nose twitches and wants to delve further but leaves it alone*


can one expect from TwestivalSF, other than a roomful of people staring

at their iPhones? A silent auction (including two Virgin America

tickets whee!), the aforementioned boozing, a motivational speaker (Dear God no), and special guest/Operation Smile ambassador "Adventure Girl". Yep. I just typed "Adventure Girl" without irony.


of yesterday, the event had sold 150 tickets. Despite the venue

confusion, TwitterSF is for a good cause (although I have to say

Operation Smile appears to be a celebrity cause

and I almost wish they had chosen something local), the $25 ticket

price is reasonable, and as the delicious booze will be there - so

perhaps should you.

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