Call me a social network Luddite. I have a Facebook account, however I think I check it about once per month, and that is usually only when I am using it to advertise. I opened a Twitter account, when I don't remember, however I never did anything beyond creating an account. I never signed up to follow someone's 140 characters.
I jumped on the blog bandwagon years ago and had a personal blog for a long time, but all of the social networking stuff kind of escapes me. I am sure it can be useful and entertaining, I just find myself busy with so many things that I never have found much use for social media tools like Facebook and Twitter. I will eventually see The Social Network, probably when it comes out on DVD (call me a movie theater Luddite as well) and maybe it will get me excited about social networking . . . or something.
However, reader Sam contacted us and shared about some social media and its usefulness related to bikes and cycling. He sent a link to the following post on TusconBikeLawyer.com:
Check this out: Collin F, computer programmer and frequent TNBR participant, has created some kind of robot that downloads Tucson police information on some kind of RSS feed, searches it for its relevance to bicycles, and then puts the resulting report on twitter. It’s quite interesting.
He is also working on a map that shows the location of bicycle collisions, which will ultimately lead to some pretty good information about where the dangerous areas are.
I think the City should be paying him to do this, but he’s doing it for free.
Here is a screen capture of the of the map referenced in the post above. All I can say is that it scares the crap out of me! Look at all those blue dots! If those are all bike collisions, me thinks riding in Tuscon ain't such a good idea. And here I though biking in NYC was dangerous . . . geeez.
Are you a social media fan? Have you found social media and biking to be a productive combination? Want to set this Luddite straight? Thoughts are welcome in comments.