On Social Media Awakenings and #DCTWestival 2011 — March 23, 6-9PM

I moved to DC a little less than two years ago and every time I walk by the Washington Monument I gawk. And don’t even get me started on the Lincoln Memorial. I borderline drool.I won’t deny that I’m easily amused, but I also don’t take anything for granted. So every time I walk by the building and monuments that to some have become run-of-the-mill and others have even called “tacky tourist hives,” I just feel as lucky and excited as I did the first time I saw them.

That’s the same way I feel about technology and social media. I’m constantly amused and  (mostly) pleasantly surprised by what it can do. Though I have experience, I don’t pretend to be an expert and I see potential and innovation in most new products and startups. Though some never take off, they are all signs of how the web and the technologies that allow us to harness its power are evolving and helping us translate online content into real, tangible experiences offline.Tomorrow, social media is doing it again. Twestival — the worlds LARGEST single-day social media event for social good  — is taking place in more than 200 international cities. Each city is hosting an event to benefit a local cause and before Thursday ends, more than $1 million will have been raised for hundreds of causes around the world. What’s more, each of these events are 100 percent volunteer-run. Don’t act like you’re not impressed.

DC Twestival is joining this unique global movement once again to bring DC together in social media and philanthropy. All the proceeds will benefit FAIR Fund, an organization that works to prevent human trafficking of youth worldwide.I hope you will join us and not take for granted the difference you can make by showing up and tweeting (#dctwestival) for a good cause. And there are lots of perks in it for you too, the kind that seem to be unique to social media and the bonds we make with people via tools like Twitter — connections. Very valuable, long-lasting connections.

See you tomorrow!

Help us spread the word by tweeting:

Celebrate #socialgood in DC! Join @DCTwestival 3/24 to benefit @FairFund & stop human trafficking #DCTwestival http://bit.ly/dctwestivaltix

Event Date: March 24, 2011 6pm – 9m EST Official Media Sponsor: Metromix DC |http://dc.metromix.com Location: Shadow Room, Washington DC |http://www.shadowroom.com Event tickets:http://bit.ly/dctwestivaltickets Blog/Website:http://washington.twestival.com

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