Sports editor John Bridges has been Twittering for a few weeks no on @bevobeat using his own voice. We still feed the Longhorns-related blogs on there as well because we figure people who follow that account probably can’t get enough Longhorns coverage.
Bridges, also does an excellent post-game chat using CoverItLive.
To my surprise during Saturday’s big win over Oklahoma, I saw columnist Cedric Golden pop up on Twitter. We have a newsroom “mottos” file that keeps track of funny comments overheard in the newsroom. Cedric just a few weeks ago said he was “Too legit to Twit.” Haha. I then heard from Bridges that Kirk Bohls was also on Twitter. Suzanne Halliburton, our Longhorns beat writer, has been on Twitter for a while and has been using it successfully.
And Christian McDonald‘s team reworked our ACL aggregator to use it for the Longhorns. Check it out here. Anyone who followed @bevobeat and used the keyword #UT (or mentioned “Longhorns” or “Horns”) showed up on that page. Just as exciting, we were putting our staff’s latest Tweets right out on the Statesman home page (at the top of the page).
I’d say our paper has bought in. Next up: the election.