Twitter feed integrated into GreenCarReports.com
Here at GreenCarReports.com, we spend a lot of time reading and writing about green cars of all stripes: fuel-efficient hatchbacks, hybrids, diesels, small cars, you name it.
But we also spend time immersed in the fast-changing world of digital media. And lately, we've spent a lot of time looking at Twitter.
What's that, you may ask? Well, a "Tweet" (yep, that's what it's called) is a single, short message of 140 characters or less that you can broadcast to a list of people who choose to "follow" what you publish.
You can think of it as a series of Facebook status messages (if you're on Facebook) or a public version of Instant Messaging (if you've used IM clients from AOL, AIM, Yahoo, Google, MSN, or any of the others).
It's a tool, rather than a site, and its connection to Iranian election protesters has catapulted it into world political news lately. Before that, it was more associated with Ashton Kutcher and Oprah (don't ask).
But Twitter also lets anyone track topics by searching the content of every Tweet. So High Gear Media has integrated a real-time Twitter feed into all its sites. Many make-model pairs now include a page with the latest Tweets--including this page for the 2009 Ford Escape, for example.
In general, twittering provides up-to-the-minute links, references, news, buzz and a lot more. We've seen links to reviews or photos, users celebrating the purchase of a new car or bemoaning their current car, and some even asking the Twitter community for advice.
This is just one more way we're aggregating what we hope is useful content for car buyers and owners into GreenCarReports.com and the rest of our sites. In addition to our own original news, of course, we include expert reviews, user reviews, videos, and Q+As.
As always, please let us know what you think.