Rebecca Gladden recently wrote a great article, NASCAR on Twitter: Too Much of a Good Thing? , that got me thinking about how I use Twitter to follow NASCAR.
When I first signed up for Twitter I found all the NASCAR types I could and began following them. During the offseason that’s one thing, vacations, family time, etc, can be entertaining. However, during the NASCAR season its a totally different thing. Travel, appearance, practice, qualifying, time to race dominates their tweets. For me the worst part is the race updates because I usually record the races to watch later. I hated catching a tweet about an accident that may have collected one of my drivers (@keselowskiweb was a huge offender I no longer follow). It would ruin my entire evening’s plans!
Gladden points out that, ‘Twitter has undeniably changed the way racing is being reported. A practice I call “track-to-tweet” all but eliminates the need for fans to wait for interview transcripts, video postings, or print articles to learn what drivers are saying in interviews and press conferences.’
She continues, ‘Obviously, Twitter participation is voluntary; no one is required to join Twitter or follow multiple accounts all tweeting the same news. But, as Daly (NASCAR media blogger John Daly, editor of TheDalyPlanet) notes, there may come a time when NASCAR will have to consider whether “15 or 20 identical tweets need to go out during the races saying ‘the caution flag is out.'” Daly worries that “without some commonsense coordination, fans will be forced to remove some of the accounts to simply slim down the amount of redundant traffic being sent.’ (Emphasis mine)
Gladden and Daly are both correct, but I believe the timeline is off. I’ve already reduced those I follow substantially. I’m not looking to get hundreds or thousands of followers because I follow hundreds or thousands. I actually read the tweets so I just don’t have time ot sift through duplicates. I want what I want and that’s it.
Here’s a list of who I follow that’s NASCAR related, it’s shorter than you may think, but covers a lot:
nscrwriter (Rebecca Gladden – must follow)
KellyBires (Driving that JRM 88 car next year and always seems to be hunting.)
kautomotive (Brian Keselowski – I always pull for that team. They need it.)
MartySmithESPN (Bring the faux-hawk back.)
RyanNewman39 (Good charity work in the offseason.)
Kenny_Wallace (He’s funny.)
RobbyGordon (Great driver in everything on wheels.)
HermieSadler (Virginia Boy)
mw55 (Michael Waltrip) (He’s funny, too!)
jpmontoya (JPM) (Always flying RC plans and surfing.)
WendyVenturini (Family girl right there.)
kylepetty (He actually answered a question I asked… once.)
ShannonSpake (She really doesn’t say much.)
dustinlong (Writes for our local paper and responds to tweets on occasion.)
DanicaPatrick (Learning to sew. Seriously.)
Oddly enough, my favorite driver is NOT on the list. Heck, my favorite half-dozen aren’t even on the list and I don’t know why. They’re just not.
Of those I now follow I’ve only been frustrated with multiple posts once and it was the JR Motorsports/Danica Patrick announcement. Dustin Long and Marty Smith were all over each other with that one.
Sure this list will change, but overall I like it as it is now, not too big and not too small. Most of all I like not having too many duplicate tweets to weed through.