Informal Twitter Podfic Exchange

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Name: #ITPE or #InformalTwitterPodficExchange
Date(s): 2011-present
Moderator(s): bessyboo, cantarina
Founder: bessyboo, cantarina
Type: gift exchange
Fandom: podfic/multifandom
Associated Community:
URL: ITPE_mod twitter account
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Informal Twitter Podfic Exchange is an annual podfic gift exchange run on Twitter. The exchange has grown from 21 participants in 2011 to 58 in 2014[1] to 69 in 2016[2]. In 2015, more than 450 files were archive to the Audiofic Archive as a result of the exchange.[3]


"what the fuck you guys," tweeted the impressed ITPE_mod, who had a lot of uploading to do.

Participants tweet the mods with the fandoms they wish to receive and fandoms they are willing to give, with an optional link to a "Dear Podficcer" letter posted somewhere describing their preferences in detail. Gift podfics can be any length.

Assignments, submission, and gift distribution all take place via Twitter DM from early-mid October to December 25th.

The complete list of all gifts is later revealed on the Amplificathon community. All podfics need to be uploaded by the mods to the Audiofic Archive before the masterlist is posted, so the reveal can be delayed if participants make a lot of extra podfics or large files (which they usually do).[4]


#ITPE came about in 2011 after the announcement that podbang would not run that year. The Twitter podfic community, just starting to galvanize at the time, was discussing their disappointement and initially looked to paraka to run something in its place.

After both cantarina and bessyboo approached her about co-modding it, paraka put them in touch. The exchange was initially run from bessyboo and cantarina's personal Twitter accounts using the #InformalTwitterPodficExchange, then later, #ITPE hashtag. [5]

The exchange was conceived of around four main concepts: a holiday exchange, an exchange run entirely on Twitter, an exchange with no minimums (in response of podbang's sometimes prohibitively-long requirements), and an exchange that would be easy to moderate.[6]


On the AO3 (AO3 posting is optional and these lists should not be considered complete):


  1. Bessyboo reporting ITPE statistics in the Auralphonic podcast, episode 2: Showcase of #ITPE 2014, posted January 14, 2015.
  2. ITPE_mod. .@luvtheheaven from this year's mods' notes gdoc:. Tweet. 29 Dec 2016.
  3. I just want y'all to appreciate the amount of work that you actually produce. It's kind of breathtaking + graph, by @ITPE_mod, 28 Dec 2015.
  4. Hear Bessyboo's description of her ITPE process in the podcast Auralphonic 002: Showcase of #ITPE 2014, posted January 14, 2015. "I am so impressed with the sheer volume of podfics that people have submitted."
  5. Modding Podcast 16 November 2014. (Accessed 28 December 2014.)
  6. Modding Podcast 16 November 2014. (Accessed 28 December 2014.)