After several of my colleagues started singing the praises of Twitter, the micro-blogging tool, I felt compelled to try it out. I think my first reaction was similar to that of most people: who cares if you’re brushing your teeth before heading out to work? It seemed that a lot of early “tweets” I read just updated the mundane.
But recently, I went back for another try. This time, I think I’ve got it. I’m finding other Twitterers whose posts match my interests.
Which brings me to the point of this post: There’s a lot of cycling-related Twittering going on out there.
Who’s the most prominent? Guess.
It’s a lot of fun to follow Lance (@lancearmstrong) on Twitter. For example, I learned before the formal announcement was made that he would ride in the Tour de France this year after all. Earlier speculation was that he would ride in the Giro de Italia, and skip France. But before his press conference, he Twittered this:
He’ll also send at least a tweet or two each day about his training rides, the teammates he pals around with, and what they do when they’re not training. Lately, he’s begun adding links to pictures he takes during training rides.
And it turns out that Lance is not the only one Twittering away. Alberto Contador (@albertocontador), Chris Carcmichael (@trainright), Taylor Phinney (@taylorphinney), the Tour de France (@tourfrance), Tom Boonen (@tomboonen) — but his is in Flemish — Team Slipstream (@TeamSlipstream) and others can all be found on Twitter.
The problem with Twitter, as with so many new media social networking types of sites, is that it can be addictive. Once you find two dozen or so people to “follow,” their updates come fast and furious. You want to make sure you don’t spend too much time reading Tweets and clicking on links.
Or maybe you do.
Yes, the Bike Noob is a Twitterer. You can find me at @rainycamp. Be forewarned, my posts deal a lot more with my work interests than with recreational cycling, but you’ll find some cycling-related stuff, too.