Archive for Friday, September 11, 2009

Tweeters gather offline to aid shelter

Rikki Kite, Lawrence, tweets at the Lawrence Twestival at Joe Schmo’s, 724 Mass. The event raised money for the Lawrence Humane Society. “People think Twitter is really random and anonymous, but it’s actually a great way to meet people that you have something in common with,” says Kite, associate publisher of Linux Pro Magazine.

Rikki Kite, Lawrence, tweets at the Lawrence Twestival at Joe Schmo’s, 724 Mass. The event raised money for the Lawrence Humane Society. “People think Twitter is really random and anonymous, but it’s actually a great way to meet people that you have something in common with,” says Kite, associate publisher of Linux Pro Magazine.

September 11, 2009

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Some use the social media Web site Twitter to chat with friends. Some use it to keep up with current events or get the latest celebrity scoop.

Thursday night, local tweeters used the site to lend awareness and funds -- more than $3,200 -- to the Lawrence Humane Society. More than 100 people attended the Lawrence Twestival at Jo Shmo’s.

The event allowed online friends to form in-person connections and helped the Humane Society forge a stronger online identity, said Ben Smith, organizer of the Lawrence Twestival and social media manager for the Lawrence Journal-World.

“For the people that are connected online, it’s a chance for them to connect offline and actually come together,” Smith said. “They’re developing relationships, and we’re bringing people together to do something positive.”

The Humane Society is planning to create a Twitter account after observing the event’s turnout.

“Look at all of the people here tonight, and there were no radio spots, there were only a few articles in the newspaper,” said Lindsey Taylor, donations coordinator for the Humane Society. “Most of these people are here because they read about it on Twitter. So as far as Twitter being able to do things for the greater good of the community or an organization, I think it’s great.”

Comments

Ronda Miller 5 years, 7 months ago

Nice picture of you, Rikki! Terrific cause as well. Way to go!

mr_right_wing 5 years, 7 months ago

Does anyone remember the term 'techno-nerd'? What is the point of having a PUBLIC gathering like this? So they can all stand around and text each other from the same room??

I'm proud to say I have NEVER owned a cellphone and I have never text messaged! (Blogging is the closest I've come) No--I am not 120 years old and still drive a horse and buggy!!

Ronda Miller 5 years, 7 months ago

Apparently some of us have started our weekend early....... not mentioning any names of consumers or any thing like that though.

Wendy magillicutty 5 years, 7 months ago

That's joey's right arm. I have an iPhone in my left hand. He was pointing at his wife and I waved. Conspiracy solved.

laurawynn 5 years, 7 months ago

Do I spy a Brightkite shirt? Congrats on the great turnout.

Jackie Bunnell 5 years, 7 months ago

We at the Lawrence Humane Society are just really, really grateful for all the folks that came out to support the shelter and all the "fuzzies" that need to be fed and cared for, while they await a new home. Many thanks to all!!!

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