Last week, I went to the Twestival Local in Washington DC to support Miriam’s Kitchen. I love Twestival back in February and met a lot of great people. This Twestival doesn’t have the surprise factor. It was a reunion of some sort since I have met most of the people from previous tweetups. I would like to thank Peter LaMotte and his team and Miriam’s Kitchen for the whole Twestival Local event and the money they raise should help out the for meals for the homeless. I felt Twestival should be held every month for a different charity so people can attend more of these events to kick back and give money to a great cause.
The only people I met for the first time were Aram from George Mason (and his 500 aliases on Twitter) and Michael Sola of the National Wildlife Federation. I wish there were more Fairfax people came at the event as promised (it was on the Amiando roster), but did not see any additional Fairfaxians (except Sara and Aram).
There was one problem about Twestival Local at the Midtown Loft I had issue with: loud music. The music was so loud, I literally had to scream and lost my voice that night. Now, I wouldn’t blame that on the Twestival organizers, but this has been an occurring theme that when I go to a social event like a tweetup or a fantasy football draft, the music had to be loud. I was talking to Danielle and Kristen of the NWF and we were talking that the Twestival event last February had music, but it wasn’t as loud and everyone had a great time and wonder why the Twestival Local, and other social events at bars, put loud music.
I did a search and found two articles for why bars play loud music: U.S. News and StlToday. Both show when you pop the loud music, people drink faster and order more alcohol. If this study is true, you understand why music is played that loud in bars and night clubs. To me, does that defeat the purpose of interacting with other tweeters? In top of that, the NFL Thursday Night Opener was playing during the Twestival, but there was no sound since the music was blasting through the room. This was a great way to bond with other tweeps, but a missed opportunity.
Overall, I did have fun at the Twestival Local and it was great meeting others I met the past year, but I think the organizers need to realize they need to set up different Twestival events: one for the social/networking scene and the other for people to have fun. The Twestival will only get bigger and bigger, which is great, but it must be done right to handle different audiences.