Friday, Feb. 13, 2009 | 3:15 p.m.
They came, they tweeted, and they raised much-needed funds for charity, too.
While the first-annual Twitter festival, “Twestival,” wasn’t a sell-out, it was still a success, organizers said.
The event, which was held at Revolution last night, raised nearly $3,000 for “charity: water,” a non-profit organization that helps provide safe, clean drinking water in developing countries.
It was just one of 170 similar events going on worldwide in cities including London, New York, Paris, Beijing and Sydney.
About 130 so-called “tweeps” – micro-bloggers who use Twitter to log and share short dispatches with each other – attended the Las Vegas-based soirée.
For many local Twitter fanatics, it was a unique opportunity to share a few “tweetinis” and chat with fellow tweeps in real life instead of online.
In addition to money collected at the door, “charity: water” benefitted from an impressive raffle that featured a range of sponsor-provided items, including bottle service for four at Jet; tickets to Las Vegas Art Museum; and the opportunity to design and name your own assortment of limited edition cupcakes at Retro Bakery.
Organizers were pleased with both the turnout and funds raised, and are hoping to further the event’s success with Twestival v2.0 in 2010.