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London Twitter Festival Ends in Chaos as Crowd Clashes With Facebook Enthusiasts

In Media, Technology on September 10, 2009 at 21:30

The third Twitter Festival, or ‘Twestival’ to be held in London ended this evening in scenes of drunken chaos as users of the social networking site brawled openly in the streets outside with advocates of a rival social media platform. The evening had begun as a low-key celebration of the empowerment of social media at an intimate venue near London Bridge – a far cry from the madness to follow.

Soon, however, the police were called in, as it became clear that the evening had spiralled out of control.

"Twitter is rubbish!" says Facebook agitator at London Bridge tonight

"I put it to you that Twitter is rubbish!" says one Facebook agitator at London Bridge this evening

“It all started when a flash mob of Facebook users turned up looking for trouble,” said an anonymous Twitter user who, having witnessed the events, was so terrified of retribution that he was willing only to be identified as Mr. X. “As always, these Facebookers were bad news – poking us, making comments, saying they ‘liked’ our event…anything to wind us up.”

It wasn’t long before things got nasty. One unidentified man inside the Twestival venue sent a Direct Message right ‘@’ the baying crowd outside in the form of a urine-filled beer bottle, and ugly scenes resulted as a consequence.

The group then spent the next forty-five minutes hunched over their mobile phones in two large camps, updating their respective statuses and profiles to reflect either what they were thinking or what was on their mind, in an attempt to publicly trash-talk their counterparts before the violence got underway.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said, in considerably less than 140 characters, “This is nothing to lol about. I h8 riots. Grrr,” before joining a Facebook group about how he’d really like it if they brought back TFI Friday.

Rumours that the crowd were eventually dispersed with a three hour World of Warcraft tournament are probably only partially true.

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  1. “sent a Direct Message right ‘@’ the baying crowd outside in the form of a urine-filled beer bottle”

    Hahah, that’s hilarious. Great post.

  2. Brilliant! If only such riotous scenes had been witnessed in Manchester!

  3. The group then spent the next forty-five minutes hunched over their mobile phones in two large camps, updating their respective statuses and profiles to reflect either what they were thinking or what was on their mind, in an attempt to publicly trash-talk their counterparts before the violence got underway.

    – genius!

  4. What’s going to happen when Facebook Lite becomes common place? I might go hide in Second Life.

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  6. Some people really (please) need to get a life!!

  7. Ha ha. ‘This is nothing to LOL about’

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  10. hahahahaha excellent article :D

  11. i got through the entire evening without a bruise, despite the fact that i’m known as “The Queen of Facebook”. ;-)

  12. Siber communities lead to siber war. What’s next?

  13. Brilliant! Great lunchtime reading :-)

  14. Hahahaha – brilliant. I heard there were some double-agents though who fanned the flames. Trying to be a Facebooker AND a Twittererer is only going to get you shunned by both and banished to Yahoo meme FOREVER! http://www.twitter.com/TomGriffola

  15. I am attending the twitterfest on sep 11 as Hong Kong ambassador I am worried now about my status. Facebookers have threatened to @mention me. I dont want to get tagged by the facebookers
    Any advice? see @mashable

  16. I expect a West Side Story dance off at the next Twestival.

  17. hahahaha, all very funny, hope this isnt a look into the future… I hope that everyone in the world will become friends on FB or Twitter and then no one will kill they won’t want to shrink their list…

  18. See that Facebook ? – that’s your state of the art web authoring software that is. That’s your Mum’s Adobe Dreamweaver that is !

  19. One of them obviously got off on the wrong platform.

  20. This is just typical of the anti-twitter bias we see in the social media – I mean, just because a bird lifting a whale may be an impractical socio-economic situation, all the journalists suddenly start blaming the twitterati for the unrest!

    Also I believe the plural of statuses is statusi, though I may be wrong. Fantastic article!

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  22. Facebook is better than Twitter. There, I’ve said it. Now, who wants a piece of me?

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