Monday, September 14, 2009

Twestival India - A lot of attention from the media

Thanks to the Media industry for showering Twestival India with a whole lot of love and attention this time. For posterity’s sake, let me pull it all together in one place here. Most of these are pre-event features except for Times of India. There is still a lot of scope for detailed analysis of the Twestival scene at India – if anyone is interested, let me know.

We have also been covered by TV, primarily by the two channels TV9 and CNN IBN Network 18. We did speak with NDTV but I don’t think they covered any of the events live when they happened in the six cities between 10-13 Sep. We’ve recorded the TV9 telecast – will try to get @dhempe to put that on YouTube.

Meanwhile, enjoy the attention our friends have given us here:

“This time, Twestival will be going local” DNA Bangalore – 25 August 2009
“Tweeting for a cause” LiveMint – 26 August 2009
“Tweet Dreams” TimeOut Bengaluru – 04 Sep 2009
“Twestival comes to Mumbai” Hindustan Times Mumbai – 4 Sep 2009
“Charity 2.0” Outlook Money – 09 Sep 2009
“Working for a cause the micro way” Times of India Chennai – 09 Sep 2009
“Local 'twestival' to be held at Bandra” DNA Mumbai – 09 Sep 2009
“An offline Twitter affair, for a cause” Times of India Bangalore – 10 Sep 2009
“Have fun at Twestival, but do volunteer” DNA Bangalore – 11 Sep 2009
“Tweeting for a social cause” The New Indian Express Chennai – 11 Sep 2009
“Party for a cause” The New Indian Express Bangalore – 12 Sep 2009
“Twestival Time” Indian Express – 12 Sep 2009
“Partying for a cause” The Hindu – 12 Sep 2009
“Bangalore Twitter users raise money for charity” Times of India Bangalore – 13 Sep 2009

Others/syndicated news:
“Twestival Time” Yahoo India News – 12 Sep 2009
“Twestival: 'Party for a Cause' this Saturday” MSN India – 10 Sep 2009
“TATA DOCOMO Sponsors Mumbai's Twitter Festival” India PR Wire – 10 Sep 2009
“Bangalore's 'Twitters' to help underprivileged children” Indian eNews – 11 Sep 2009
“Twestival (Twitter festival) Bangalore offers help to underprivileged children” Weeks Update – 11 Sep 2009
“Bangalore's 'Twitters' to help less privileged kids” Silicon India – 11 Sep 2009
“Twestival and Dream: A Dream arrange cultural show!” Duniya Live Bangalore – 12 Sep 2009
“Bangalore's IT hub to use 'Twitters' to help underprivileged kids” – 12 Sep 2009
“IT Hub Bangalore organizes Tweet Party for charity” UB News – 13 Sep 2009
"Bangalore Twitters rally to help needy children" - 11 Sep 2009

"Tweeting for a good cause" CNN IBN - 15 Sep 2009

I will be keeping this post updated as and when some news gets published on Twestival India. But if you come across any other feature or coverage that I've missed, do let me know and I will get this updated.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Indian Non-profits on Twitter

Updated 29 Oct 2009

When I came across the list of Indian Brands & Businesses on Twitter by Santosh Maharshi , I found it very impressive. It was just the thing I was searching for when I was looking to connect with potential sponsors quickly for a fund-raising event. After some time , I got thinking. Won’t it be nice if we can similar lists for other things as well besides Brands and Businesses in India? For instance, a list of non-profits in India on Twitter?

So here's the list of tweeting non-profits/NGOs/volunteer organizations/initiatives that I could find (Thanks to Maya and others for their contribution to this list):
  1. @Aashayein
  2. @Arch4HumanityND
  3. @bell_bajao
  4. @CRYIndia
  5. @CSOPartners
  6. @deepam_
  7. @dreamadreamind
  8. @fundacause
  9. @giveindia
  10. @grassroutes
  11. @greenpeaceindia
  12. @headstart
  13. @helpachildindia
  14. @ICICIFoundation *
  15. @ivolunteerindia
  16. @indianfolklore
  17. @indicorps
  18. @ishafoundation
  19. @iycn
  20. @lifevrindavan
  21. @mamMovies *
  22. @NanubhaiEF
  23. @prajnya
  24. @prathambooks
  25. @prathamindia
  26. @rangde
  27. @sangamindia
  28. @stir_e
  29. @teameverest
  30. @thebetterindia
  31. @toybank
  32. @udayancare
  33. @WildlifeSOS
  34. @yatn_Indian_NGO
  35. @ncsindia
  36. @RedRIndia
  37. @charity4india
The short url you can use to refer to this post is

The TweepML quick reference list that will enable you to follow all of them or a selective few is here.

I will be updating this list frequently through the Twitter List feature here. May not on this blo though. So for the latest updated version, please check my Twitter Indian nonprofit list.

For now, am keeping the definition pretty simple - any organization that works for a social benefit without profit as their main motive. And there's very little/minimal due diligence that I do before adding them to this list - just relying on what their website/tweet says - but I realize that as this list grows, that will have to change. Obviously, we wouldn't want anybody to get a free ride in the name of non-profit. Mulling on that...

Meanwhile, iIf you would like to add any other non-profit to the above list or remove inappropriate ones, tweet me on @adropofwisdom or leave a comment below and I will update the list!

Lets make a difference, one step at a time.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Making one difference at a time

When I got a chance to become the regional coordinator for India for Twestival, I had no clue how much I will enjoy taking on this role. But the past few weeks of running with the Twestival organizing in India (and sometime back for Middle East and Bangladesh too) has been nothing short of amazing. It has been absolutely satisfying and makes me feel like I am making some difference to this world. Loving it. Got to thank @amanda and @dhempe.

Meanwhile, here's some of the press that Twestival India has received:
Outlook Money
Hindustan Times
TimeOut Bengaluru

Twestival in India will be happening at Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, and Hyderabad. Each of them are supporting a different cause. Check their blogs for more details. If you are in any of these cities, make sure you participate. Let's make one difference at a time.