The relaunch of SteamCentral last year was an outgrowth of my interest in and work with Web 2.0 social networking tools. In fact, I use SteamCentral.com as a demo when I give my Social Networking 101 presentation.
I’ve got a new example. Union Pacific’s steam team has created a Twitter feed tweeting 844′s location, and linking to its GPS track. We’ve added the feed to the SteamCentral FriendFeed. Read more about Twitter, FriendFeed, and RSS here.
If you’re one of the people who’ve heard of Twitter but haven’t created an account, let me suggest you try it. One of the many advantages Twitter offers is its ability to connect text messaging to the web, and to allow broadcast updates. Imagine chasing SP 4449 as it travels to Train Festival and getting regular updates – locations, expected delays, etc. – on your cell phone.
Check out our Links for more Twitter feeds to follow.
Steam locomotive operators might be able to use Twitter to generate revenue – offering a “protected feed” to donors.
Congratulation to the UP steam program for adding this feature. What’s next – separate feeds for 844 and 3985? A UP Steam Facebook page? (Personally, I’d pay good money to see Steve Lee doing his rendition of Earl Pitts on Twitter.)