It was a dark weekend for English sport. However, I did discover a new use for Twitter.
Missing the second half of the Brazillian Grand Prix to get on a train from Leeds back to London, and with Hamilton scrabbling his way up the ranks, I wasn’t relishing the idea of not knowing what was going on. Driving down to the train station, I remembered Twitter’s track feature. Sending “track Hamilton” via SMS switched me on to a barrage of tweets that I was going to have to turn off or end up with a full phone very quickly. At that point I noticed tweets coming from a user called BlogF1, so I sent “follow BlogF1″ and “untrack Hamilton”. I had the commentary I needed for the next two hours, although it did appear to stop disconcertingly once Hamilton was out of the game.
When my brother had asked me what I was doing, I replied that I was filtering a global network of conversations for news on Hamilton, from my phone. Which, basically, I was.