Ottawa Twestival 2011
Thursday, 24 March 2011
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Ottawa Twestival 2011 An Evening of Celebration, Mirth and Magic!
25 March 2011

Just a really quick note to say a HUGE THANKS to everyone who came out, donated prizes and money. We're happy to announce our total:




(note: Brian Alkerton kindly donated a dollar at the last minute so we could have a cool memorable figure to brag about. THANKS!)

Auctions and Goodies and Photos, Oh My!
15 March 2011

Twestival is only 9 days away!


The members of the organizing committee have been working feverishly since January to create an event that will inspire and delight you-not to mention raise lots of cash for our charity, The Royal Foundation for Mental Health.


There will be plenty of time to mix and mingle with fellow tweeps and check out the following:


  • A Photo Station: you’ll be looking your best so why not have a photo taken that you’ll be able to use as your Twitter avatar? Twestival Ottawa’s official photographers, Cherie-Lynn Buchanan and Anna Epp, will charge a nominal fee for their service and donate every penny to The Royal.
  • DIFD: The “Do It For Daron” team will be on site selling their pins and purple bracelets. Proceeds will be donated to the Daron Foundation.
  • A Twitter Demo Station: Brian Alkerton will give pointers for those who want to learn more about Twitter.


We’ve also been working hard to find donations for the silent and live auctions which will  take place during Twestival Ottawa...


You will be able to bid on silent auction items such as:



Our  live auction will be hosted by none other than Stuntman Stu (@stuntmanstu). You will be able to bid on:



There will even be cupcakes from Twestival Ottawa’s official cupcake bakers Little Cakes, because any time is a good time for cupcakes! (@_LittleCakes)


We’re profoundly grateful to the many people who have stepped up to the plate to help us raise funds for The Royal Foundation for Mental Health and challenge all local businesses, especially those who are benefitting from their presence on Twitter, to contribute as well. We’re still looking for donations but especially for sponsors. Please feel free to contact any of the members of the organizing committee for more information about our sponsorship packages.


It promises to be a great evening in support of a truly deserving cause. We hope you’ll join us!

Are You Failing At Twitter?
12 March 2011

  I was thinking about this earlier today.

I’ve said some pretty tasteless things on the site. To provide just one example:

  • Watching this girl playing Foosball, I wonder if implants come with a pamphlet titled: How To Incorporate More Jumping Into Your Life.

You can read whatever you like into the fact that the stuff I feel most awkward/bad about almost all pertains to my dealings with the opposite sex, but the long and short of it is this: I’ve done some pretty awful and unprofessional things online. They haven’t been friend-protected, and they have bitten me in the ass more than once.

And yet, I’m still here, because the simple truth is that despite occasionally doing damage to my reputation by saying and doing some remarkably ill-advised things, the goodwill, the friendships, and the professional opportunities I’ve generated for myself by being active online outweigh the bad things a dozen times over.

This is not a difficult thing to do. Talk to people, seize opportunities to turn online connections into offline ones, and obey Wheaton’s Law. That’s it, and to tell the truth, you can even break Wheaton’s Law from time to time. It’s easy. You can make mistakes (MANY mistakes) and still get a lot out of it.

Which brings me to the point of this post: if you’ve been on Twitter for any length of time and you don’t think you’ve derived $25 worth of value from it, quit. Get off the service and do something more valuable with your time. Just about anything would qualify.

But if you’ve derived more than $25 of value from using Twitter, as I suspect just about anybody reading this has, I’d like you to strongly consider looking into Twestival. Cities all around the world are hosting tweetups to raise money for local charities. They will be fun, awesome, and benefit your community – in Ottawa we’re raising money for the Royal Ottawa Foundation. Twitter’s a free service. You’ve benefitted from it. It’s time to give back.

Buy tickets for Ottawa Twestival here, or visit the main site to find out what’s happening in your area.

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