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January 29, 2009

Tweet, Tweet, Tweet, Tweet, Bicyclists Go...

Tweet, Tweet, Tweet!!

Yes, we do! ;-D

I am known as Mad_Macedonian.

***UPDATE - 3/7/09***

I now Bike Tweet separately from the above link! After much thought I decided this was the best way to attract folks here.

 I Bike Tweet as Cycling_Dude

***END UPDATE***

From ordinary cyclists like me, some who blog, and some who don't, to racers, and Industry types, of every description.

An effort has begun to catalog just how many of us are on Twitter.

As of 29th January 2009 this list contained 186 names, including yours truly!

I'll let list builder, Carlton Reid, of the Bike Biz Blog, explain:

You may not want to blog, but you may want to Tweet. You may want to do both.

Tweet? Get out of here! Twitter.com may have a childish name but it's rapidly become one of the most popular 'social media' websites out there. You sign up for an account and 'follow' individuals interesting to yourself. They, in turn, may 'follow' you.

When you follow somebody you get regular soundbites from them (you can follow me at @carltonreid), and you can write soundbites of your own.

You have 140 characters to play with per 'tweet'. You can flog your latest product ("sale now on, last few widgets remaining") or show your human side ("slurping the first Java of the day").

Even Lance Armstrong, and his trainer Chris Carmichael, do it!

Many Bike Tweeps ( With my peculiar sense of humor I prefer to call myself a Twit!) Tweet about more than just their cycling, from their personal life to politics, and their many other interests.

I fit in this category, as I have another blog, known as Musings of a Mad Macedonian, where I blog about all sorts of things of interest to me.

As Carlton writes:

It's not all performance talk. Tweets can also flesh out people's personal lives. How else would we know that Carmichael's kids dressed him up for Hallow'een?

"Going soon with the kids trick or treating...My son has me dressed up as a giant whoopie cushion!"

Is this too much personal information? Stop following the individual concerned.

As Carlton points out there's plenty of useful stuff on there, too.

From News channels, and their on air personalities, to radio talk hosts, and people with businesses, and hobbies, of every description, from all around the world.

Twitter often breaks news stories before they appear in the mainstream media.

"Want to know about earthquakes in Taichung, bike factory central, before the media reports about them?

Get yourself on Twitter."

Check out Carlton's story, and his ever growing list.

I have added a link to this great resource in my sidebar.


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