Now Find Autosavant on Twitter; New Commenting Option Available
By Chris Haak
Find Autosavant on Twitter
Since April 1, we’ve quietly been tweeting away with 140-or-less-character posts and updates on Twitter. You can find us at http://twitter.com/autosavant. Now that I’m getting more up to speed with the whole thing and getting used to writing 160 characters rather than (generally) 600+ words, I invite you to follow along as I form up-to-the-minute random thoughts and opinions about cars and the car business.
If you’re not familiar with Twitter, it’s a way to share your thoughts or what you’re doing quickly in very short posts. It’s an interesting challenge for someone as verbose as me. If you don’t feel like clicking the link above, two recent items on http://twitter.com/autosavant as of right now are “Just looked at high-res photos of the GMC Terrain vs. the Chevy Equinox. Definitely not a rebadge, but I’m not sure about Terrain’s looks,” and “Wow, the front air intakes are seriously obnoxious in the new BMW X5 M. I bet the thing goes like stink, though!” It’s sometimes a fairly large time commitment to research, write, and edit a full editorial or news item for Autosavant, so we might be able to tweet our way to more news coverage. I’m not going to pretend that we’re re-inventing microblogging or anything like that, but I see it as a new, fun way to interact with readers.
Registration Available for Easier Commenting
Speaking of interacting with readers, we’re also announcing a new way for regular commenters to share their opinions on Autosavant. Effective immediately, readers who register for the site and do not log themselves out are able to comment immediately on any article without the need to enter a name, URL, e-mail address, Social Security number (just kidding about the last one). Registration is not required to read the site or to post comments, but folks who have not successfully commented before will experience a delay between the time they submit their comment and when it appears on the screen because those comments will have to be moderated first. As always, there is no charge for accessing any areas of Autosavant or for registering – the site is completely free and advertising-supported.
The link to the Autosavant registration page is http://www.autosavant.com/wp-register.php.
We hope that you enjoy following the new Twitter feed and find the commenting/registration process easy to use. My experience has been that the I and the other writers find our job here more rewarding when there’s more interactivity with the outside world. Meanwhile, two of us are going to the New York International Auto Show this week, so look for our coverage there starting Wednesday during press days.