The Steam Car Club Guide to Twitter
Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that allows you answer the question, "What are you doing?" by sending short text messages 140 characters in length, called "tweets", to your friends, or "followers".
Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey and launched in July. Since then Twitter has gained popularity worldwide and is estimated to have 200 million users, generating 65 million tweets a day and handling over 800,000 search queries per day. It is sometimes described as the "SMS of the Internet".
Okay, okay what's all this got to do with the club?
The Steam Car Club of Great Britain were looking for a fast, reliable and easy way to give snippets of information during tours, or nws that can be added to Twitter immediately to inform members quicker. Twitter was the ideal solution.
Launched April 2011, the SCCGB's Twitter account(s) will be live on the Twitter site and also can be accessed on this website too. Introduced specifically for the Australian Steam Car Tour, the system is now available to see. During the tour, our 'tweeters' can update progress, locations and all sorts of up to the minute details that we can all 'follow'. Despite, in this case, updates being sent from Australia the latest information can be read both on Twitter and this site immediately.
Blimey thats clever isn't it?
Extremely - and the whole system runs as if it was steam powered. The system is especially for those enthusiasts interested in what we offer as a club. We will be interested what club members think to the service.
Do I need to register with Twitter?
No. You can read the updates on the site HERE, so there is no requirement to register. If you do have a Twitter account, you can 'follow us' and send messages via Twitter that the SCCGB can read live on tours. If do have a Twitter account send us a message and let us follow you too.
If you do not have a Twitter account, but would like one then it is very easy to setup, its free and very easy to use.
What are you called?
We are running multiple accounts. There are multiple accounts so each 'Twitterer' can add their own update to their own individual account. Our Twitterers are located in different locations - sometimes completely different continents, so it makes sense to have separate names. All accounts (there are four at present) can be read via the SCCGB Twitter update page found HERE. The names for the Twitter accounts are:
..and each account runs independantly of each other. So when there are different tours, we can all have access to various information coming in from different sources.
It is. It's simple for the SCCGB to administer and simple for you to follow the club more closely. We look forward to developing the system in due course.
The Steam Car Club GB