I've had the p*ss taken out of me many times for joining Twitter. After all, I do write on this blog pretty much for myself, so I will struggle to join the ever-growing blogger community out there. And my tweets don't really have anything huge to offer anyway (that's the reason I don't really tweet I suppose).
I just liked Twitter as a sort of an RSS feed. My Google Reader is good, but it doesn't update as quickly and you can't get Autosport's Noble's inside information before it even gets published. He is great and you can trust everything he says to be true rather than just a rumour, which can't be said about everyone on there. It is true- fake news can travel as quickly as real ones and it is sometimes hard to distinguish straight on. And "silly season" has a lot of silly rumours to offer. It's all part of the fun, if you ask me!
There is a growing "Fake F1" trend on Twitter which can be very entertaining, if maybe a bit too cruel at times.
Mark Webber swears on live tv, my dear Vettel likes the ladies and the ladies like him, Jarno Trulli spends his days drinking wine and Flavio gets money from Christian Horner not for their "rubbish engines" but to get Grosjean to crash into Jenson!
All fake of course.
And this is all very entertaining, and a perfectly good reason to be on Twitter. But the real excitement for me (and for other F1 fans I guess) comes from the real F1 drivers on Twitter.
Nelson Piquet Jr has been there for quite a while now, and has set the benchmark for the rest of them. He organises competitions, takes pictures and uploads them for the fans to see, answers questions and I think that he has become more popular in the F1 world with his Twitter account. He really comes out as a very nice and genuine guy.
Rubens is on it too and, just like Nelson, his tweets are bilingual. He offered a lot of information on Massa's condition and is in general very talkative. After the German GP and his frustrated comments on live tv, he used Twitter to let his fans know that he had talked to the team and calmed down.
Rubens apparently also managed to persuade Jenson to join, with an account which was first mainly used for triathlon updates but he's kept it going and he talks about his races and how things are going for him:
Had a tough Sunday afternoon. Had to lift for Vettel at the start and then got stuck behind the other Bull. Well done to Rubens, Legendary.He also talks to fans, even the fake f1 people
and girlfriend Jessica Michibata
@FakeF1GridGirl Gotta keep my body in one piece for Monza
Now, Sebastian Vettel has joined Twitter (you can imagine how much time I've spent on it the last 24 hours then)! He seems to be quite keen to build a good relationship with fans, and to have a joke around with other drivers. Jenson wasn't convinced he was real so he threw a little test at him:
@jessybondgirl http://twitpic.com/ga4h2 - You've made someone very jealous honey!! x
and when Seb had the answer ready
@real_Vettel Remember what you said to me on the drivers parade in Hungary? TA!
@The_Real_JB Kers? We dont need Kers! We can do it by ourself!Jenson welcomed him to Twitter!
@real_Vettel You know your shit!! How you doing man? Wishing you had Kers for Monza!?Romain Grosjean is also on it, although I think he's had some bad experience with some fake f1 people joking a bit too much. But I'm sure he'll get more involved and enjoy it.
There's a few more going around, but I'm not sure whether they're real yet, so I'll be patient and wait! I do think that more drivers will join sooner or later and it will be good to see what they have to say.
UPDATE: Oh no! Dank has discovered that @real_Vettel is not the real Seb Vettel! At least I wasn't the only one who fell for it, Jenson!