If the TweetDeck ping from your co-worker's cubicle constantly annoys, if you cringe at words like microblogging or lifestreaming, or if you just don't “get” Twitter, then L.A. Twestival 2009 is not for you. If, on the other hand, you can't imagine life without perpetual posts of 140 characters or less, you'll fit right in. Twestival is a worldwide annual charity event organized by Twitter users, on the fly and exclusively via Twitter. It's happening this weekend in London, Paris, Lisbon, Oslo, Helsinki, New Delhi, Beijing, Tokyo — all across the freaking world and right here in Hollywood. This year's local event benefits L.A. Food Bank, which distributes food to the hungry, and Chrysalis, which helps the homeless become self-sufficient. The scheduled entertainment is still TBA, so best check Twitter for updates (twitter.com/LATwestival). Could be a comedian, a DJ, an Elvis impersonator, who knows? What we do know is it's a mixer, so get ready to mingle with the L.A. Twitterati — including but not limited to Twestival organizers @shiralazar, @daynah, @techfrog, and @benthemorrison. Chat them up and you might just have your very own live Follow Friday.
Sun., Sept. 13, 6 p.m., 2009

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