I’m Twittering on the road (don’t watch me)
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
On Sunday, there will be a mass exodus of cyclists, leaving Glenwood Springs on an 80-mile ride to Hotchkiss.
The Ride the Rockies bicycle tour is a summer tradition now in its 24th year. Bicycle tours are rather unique events that bring together cyclists of all levels and ages in a non-competitive 6-day ride.
This year, there will be cyclists from all 50 states and nine foreign counties. The oldest rider in this year’s tour will be 83 and the youngest is 7.
There will be several local riders taking part, including me. This will be my second bicycle tour, and I will be reporting from the road. Part of my reporting will be in the form of Twittering. Yes, I will be Twittering.
For those of you not familiar with Twitter, it’s a new social micro-blogging website, that limits “Tweets” or postings to 140 characters. Several celebrities have brought Twittering into the spotlight, and it has become quite the fad among many web-savvy users.
The Post Independent has a Twitter site, as does our columnist April E. Clark. You can follow or look at Twitter postings from me, April or check out the latest headlines from the Post Independent by going to Twitter.com then searching under the “Find People” section.
You have to sign up for a Twitter account to see people’s postings. But it’s easy and it’s quite the big thing on the web right now.
Actually I find it bizarre that people find it necessary or intriguing to reveal what they are doing at different times of the day and night in 140 characters or less. But that’s what Twitter is, and that’s what I will be doing from Sunday to Friday.
Besides Twittering, I will be filing some stories and photos, and hopefully posting a few video interviews featuring local riders. I’m still looking for local cyclists who will be doing the ride, so drop me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) so I can try and track you down along the way.
So check out postindependent.com for content but also the next day’s print version for content, plus a recap of some of my Tweets from the road.
I will be using my cell phone to post onto Twitter.
We are indeed in a new era of technology, and this should be a fun and unique way of reporting to our readers.
So check it out on Twitter.com, postindependent.com, and of course, the print version.
Should be fun. Twitter and Tweets – the ever-changing Internet vocabulary.
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