It’s all at your fingertips

Published 2:49 am Saturday, September 19, 2009

For the past three Friday nights combined – according to AT&T – I’ve sent more than 100 text messages.

That’s not too bad for someone who sent his infamous first text message earlier this year to Jeremy Smith.

Although it may seem like it, I’m not trying to recapture my youth. Texting is probably the most popular form of communication for teens.

What I’ve been doing, I relate back to doing my job.

Several months ago, the Demopolis Times launched a presence on Twitter. For those of you not familiar with the site, it allows people and their associated network to “follow” one another though out their day.

Currently, the Times has 103 followers on Twitter. At the end of each quarter, Jeremy and David Snow text me the scores from their Friday night football games.

I then combine those two along with the score from the game I’m attending.

I send that text to Twitter and, if you’re signed up to receive text alerts as one of our followers, you instantly get the scores from these games sent to your cell phone.

When I was growing up, my Grandpaw had season tickets to Auburn football games. There was a guy who sat within a couple of rows of us who always brought his headset to the game and tuned in to listen to other games while watching the Tigers.

Every few minutes, someone would ask him, “What’s the Florida score?” or “You got anything on Bama?”

Now, thanks to Twitter, you can be “that guy�� in your section at the high school stadium of your choice.

The service is free.

If you’d like to follow us, log on to Twitter.com. If you do not have an account, you’ll need to register.

Find DemopolisTimes (one word) and click “Follow.” If you go to your preferences, you can allow SMS alerts, which are text messages.

You can also follow DTSportsGuy. This is Jeremy Smith’s sports account. We send updates from both.

For those of you who prefer Facebook, please find our page there. We currently have 215 friends and we post scores to that site as well, shortly after the “tweets” go out. You can also become a Facebook friend of mine. I post the score to my personal page as well and I’ll take all the friends I can get.

We hope you’ll join us with these multimedia efforts, and for those of you who have been with us since the beginning, we hope you’ve enjoyed it. Hopefully, being “that guy” or “that gal” at your games of choice has, thus far, been an enjoyable experience.