USA Today has started a new online community named Open Road: http://openroad.usatoday.com
News, online forums, discussion. Registration required.
Links <right click> and <open in new tab>
- RSS feed: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/openroad/rss
- Twitter feed: unfortunately none available
Twitter is a relatively new social networking service on the internet that allows users to get connected in near real time. Users type in messages known as Tweets and those are posted to their “profile”. Profiles can be public or private: public being ones that anybody can follow and private being ones that the owner has to grant permission to view. The Tweets can then be followed by a variety of means including a web page or even a cell phone SMS service. You’ll note that some private individuals use their cell phone to create sometimes minute-by-minute entries detailing their lives.
If you are browsing a site and see a “bird tweeting” icon similar to the right, that site or author also has a Twitter profile. Click the button to go to their site and signup to follow them.
Corporations are starting to use Twitter as a marketing tool. Tweets are created to announce news items, events, articles of interest, and more – very similar to blogging except that Tweets are purposefully far shorter (limited in length) and are intended to alert readers to a site for reading a full article instead of presenting the full article in the Tweet.
Here are a few of the automotive corporations and websites that are using Twitter:
- Chrysler: http://twitter.com/Chrysler
- Ford: http://twitter.com/ford
- Ford Racing: http://twitter.com/FordRacing
- Mitsubishi: http://twitter.com/MitsubishiNA
- Fisker Auto: http://twitter.com/fiskerauto
Since this is a new technology, Twitter names are likely to change going forward. For example, a private individual signed up for the profile “GM” and clearly that won’t last.
Nobody knows exactly where the Twitter phenomena is going. And you may or may not like this particular method of following the news. But if you want to stay fully connected with the corporations or individuals who are Tweeting, you need to sign up for a Twitter account (free) and get involved.
- Twitter website: http://www.twitter.com/
- Wikipedia entry on Twitter: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter
The DrivingEnthusiast network first joined Twitter in March 2009. Every blog posting made on our sites also goes to Twitter for your convenience.
- You can follow us here: http://twitter.com/DrivEnthusiast (we’ve had to shorten our name on Twitter since there is a limit on the length of the name).
- As we find new Twitter sites of interest, we’ll add them to our index here: http://www.drivingenthusiast.net/sec-blog/categories/automotiveTwitterSites/ (blog with RSS feed)
Are you aware of additional automotive Twitter sites? Send them to us via comments and we’ll consider adding them to our index.
Here’s an interesting and detailed new blog covering the conversion of a 2003 S2000 to full electric power. The builder/owner has the car fully up and running. 130-140 HP and 220 ft-lbs torque. No final data yet on range or performance.
Overall the conversion is entirely professional and the nicely done blog makes a very interesting read.
Links: suggest <right click> and <open in new tab>
This site is relatively new – and very creative. An original video series sponsored by Valvoline.
Under the Hood with Brandon and The Frog (suggest <right click> and <open in new tab>):
- Site: http://www.brandonandthefrog.com/
- RSS feed: http://www.brandonandthefrog.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss
Here’s a great site that is new to me. New videos come out every Tuesday and Thursdays. The videos are a combination of news, comparison tests, and build-ups. There are topics for everyone, ranging from muscle to Japanese cars.
Another site that is new to me – and a great on it is. Covers the Nurburgring from the perspective of a track rat. The author obviously has nothing better to do than to hang out on the Nurburgring… drive it… and take spy shots of manufacturer prototypes circling it. Now that’s a great life!
Site reconstruction completed!
What’s new in website navigation?
- Blog navigation tree: implemented on main page. This new feature considerably simplifies the navigation of blog categories and will be the model for the rest of the site. Some appearance and functionality tuning is still taking place. This feature was implemented in ASP.Net using the Treeview server-side control.
What’s new in blogs?
- New Categories: many new categories on several topics.
- Website creation blog categories: New categories to index postings of how to create a website, how I use Microsoft Expression Web (FrontPage), how I use Radio Userland for the blog, and the existing category of Website News.
- RSS feeds: now exposed via the browser via “link” HTML embedded in the page. Therefore, all orange “RSS” links have been removed from the pages. Note that RSS feed URLs will not change – so you do not have to change your subscriptions.
- All 2300+ blog entries have been reposted in order to get the latest template.
What else is new on the site?
- Have you seen the new high-res “Concept-RA” images on the Evo site?
Construction of the new Harris Hill Road racetrack in San Marco, TX is well under way. You can follow along on their new blog:
Visit the site here: http://harrishillroad.com/
Better yet - visit the store and reserve a membership: http://www.harrishillroad.com/store/