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Did you know that there are over 530 people on Twitter in the Comox Valley?

Did you know that there are over 530 people on Twitter in the Comox Valley?

You’re asked to join them for some “pre-season cheer” at the fourth Comox Valley TweetUp.

What is Twitter? In a nutshell, Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service which allows you to send short messages of 140 characters called Tweets.

What is a TweetUp? A TweetUp is a free community event, where people who have met online and communicate via Twitter, meet in person, face to face, offline.

TweetUps are informal events, for people who want to take their online communications, offline — engaging while building social and business relationships. People is what social media is all about.

Local artist, photographer and social media consultant Brenda Johima (@brendajohima ) has been on Twitter since about March of 2009 and is passionate about the power of Twitter, and its potential to connect people for social good. Johima has partnered with Michael Fountain, manager of marketing and communications at Discovery Community College, which will be the host venue for the Nov. 29 event.

It happens from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 1025 Cliffe Ave. in Courtenay (upstairs)

Participants are asked to bring a donation for the Comox Valley Food Bank.

The event’s Twitter hashtag is #TweetUpCV. you can sign up at On Twitter, follow @brendajohima and @DiscCommCollege.

People at the TweetUp will use the power of Twitter and social media and Tweet for Food to help others in need.

In addition, there will be refreshments for participants, door prizes, a live Twitter feed on a big screen, as well as educational Twitter tricks and tips throughout the evening. From “seasoned pro” to Twitter newcomer, there will be all levels, so everyone will fit in perfectly.

If you choose, bring your smart phones, cell phones and laptops for live tweeting on location.

What if you are not on Twitter yet but are curious? It’s OK to join the group. You will gain most value if you already have a Twitter account, but a TweetUp can be a tremendous start, to meet great people and to get some tips before you start launch your Twitter account.

The Comox Valley Food Bank has been assisting our Valley communities for over 25 years. Parents with children, post-secondary students, persons with disabilities, the working poor and those who experience persistent poverty, immigrants and the elderly, all benefit from the food bank.

It is estimated that at least 1,200 hampers are handed out on a monthly basis, in addition to hundreds of other individual and regular “mouths to feed.”

For more information, contact Brenda Johima at 250-335-1195 or or visit her website at

— Comox Valley TweetUp