Jeff’s Post – Social Media Frenzy!
Posted by werrunners
I will admit I’m a bit of a social medial junky and I tend to go on overload anytime Tamara and I are participating in a big running event. I’m following all of the updates on the race facebook page and I’m searching all of the twitter hash tags like a crazy man. It is amazing how much information you can gather from both the event organizers and all of the fellow participants.
This past weekend many runners had a not so good experience with two running events and boy were they vocal. The Hot Chocolate 15k/5k in Washington and the Rock N Roll Las Vegas Marathon and Half. Tamara and I were on the plane flying out to Vegas to run the RnR race and we started seeing all the chatter about all of the issues with the Hot Chocolate Race. Between Twitter and facebook we were burning up the plane’s wifi trying to keep up with all that was going on. We would have been running that race if we weren’t going to Vegas. We didn’t realize at the time that our own event was 24 hours away from a similar frenzy. We had a good experience in Vegas (you can read our review here) but many did not and boy were they vocal.
It is interesting to see these companies and many more still trying to figure out the best way to handle social media. At times it seems they can’t win. I for one appreciate that we have a forum to share our opinions and comments and appreciate that the event organizers are watching the pages and responding the best they can. I also hope that when we have a good experience we share those as well. Sharing both the good and bad will make for a better race experience for all of us in the future.