Have you heard of Twitter? Officially twitter is a microblogging utility. Mini-blog posts in 140 characters or less. There are any multitude of applications you can use to twitter…and you can interface twitter to do things like update your status on Facebook. You can twitter from your phone via text. I originally set up my Twitter account to update my blog readers by text because I don’t like to travel with a computer when I am on vacation. But then I quickly discovered two things:
1. If I am on vacation- I don’t often want to use a phone to update either…because Hello? Too busy having FUN (that is the whole point of a vacation right?)
2. Twitter is so much more than a tool to update friends, readers, or whom and whatever you update with it. Twitter is an amazing social networking site. I like twitter more than myspace because I find it more interactive with less blinkies.
When I started using twitter, I floundered with it for a bit trying to decide if I really wanted to use it- and then I started getting followers (people who subscribe to see your tweets– updates in twitter are called tweets). Some of them were people who’s updates (feeds) I was following, some of them found me using the search functions in Twitter or my FOLLOW me link on my website. And now suddenly I have tons of followers many of whom are NASCAR fans just like me. Let me tell you it’s not only a great way to meet like-minded people- but its a great way to get breaking news, updates on favorite websites, and even follow races when I don’t have access to anything else but Twitter.
On the Thursday before the Daytona 500-I was stuck at work during the Gatorade Duels before the 500. While my workplace has a fairly lenient internet policy, it was just not possible in the environment I work in for me to sit there and tune into streaming video or even audio of the race. I did follow the leaderboard on Foxsports.com (because for me- it seemed to update faster than nascar.com’s live leaderboard) so I could kinda keep dibs on what was going on- but even that lacks. However, some of my twitter friends were either THERE at the duels updating twitter or watching it from wherever they happened to be. It was truely an amazing experience. While I would definitely rather watch the race with my own two eyes- twitter was there when that wasn’t possible and gave me a more complete picture of what was happening.
I also use twitter to follow updates on some of my favorite NASCAR websites. NASCAR Insiders have a twitter account that announces new posts to their site, as well as other relavent tweets. Stewart-Haas Fans has a twitter feed that announces newly posted articles and breaking news. And there are some NASCAR journalists that Tweet good quality stuff like Matt Humphrey and Dustin Long. There is even a NASCAR twitter group you can follow- where you can find everything that people have tagged as part of the #NASCAR group. This is most definitely NOT a comprehensive list by any means. Its just some of the ones I personally follow.
Right before I was getting ready to set a publish date on this entry I got contacted by a company representing TWACKLE, a site that lets you follow certain sports related twitter feeds. They do have a NASCAR feed. And one driver feed (Robby Gordon). You can even use Twackle to create a nascar feed widget for your website. I have not personally tried twackle yet, frankly I just don’t have the time right now. However- it does look promising and you might want to give it a try.