Kevin Purdy peruses the Trikke community’s social media landscape.
Sure Trikkes are a lot of fun and provide us with a great full-body workout. But the best part about owning a Trikke is the awesome network of wonderful people that comes with it. Trikke people are like one big, happy, international family. First and foremost, this Trikke camaraderie manifests itself in the many Trikke get-togethers. Events like the Trikke Academies, Trikke training and LSM Rides bring Trikke riders together for fun in the sun and the most fun you can have on three wheels. And the fun extends into winter when the Trikke family dusts off their Skkis and gathers for events like the Skki Inn.
But we can’t always physically get together, and it’s especially hard to get together with old friends who live on the opposite side of the country… or world. Or is it? As most of you know, the virtual Trikke community is every bit as robust and friendly as the physical Trikke community. Of course, I’m talking about Trikke’s omnipresent online presence.
The three online Trikke stalwarts that first come to mind are TrikkeWorld Magazine, the Trikke website and various Trikke Facebook communities. Many of you have already discovered these resources not only as a wealth of Trikke-related information, but also as a place to chat with other carvers about adventures in Trikke Land.
But how many of you have explored the full gamut of cyber-Trikke? Let’s step out of the intergeek world for a second and talk in Trikke terms. Do you remember your first experience on a Trikke? How many of you jumped on one and were going 20 mph up steep hills on your first try? (You know, like we now do on a daily basis.) Of course not; You had to learn the gears; you had to learn the tips, tricks, asanas, exercises and so forth. But mostly, you had to just get on your Trikke and make a little more progress each day. Until you became the current Trikke stud and studette that you currently are.
Social Networks for Carvers
That’s the way it is in the online Trikke world. Keep trying new tricks and social networks. So over the next few weeks, we’ll explore some other areas where Trikke lovers meet to chat, network and share ideas. We’ll take a look at the old faithfuls like Facebook and blogs. And we’ll also look at Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and maybe even Google+.
If you don’t already have social media accounts, your first homework assignment is to make the leap and get signed up. They’re free and easy to join. Assignment #2, is to share your ideas, suggestions and most importantly, your favorite Tweeters, Pinners, Followers, FB Pages, LinkedIn groups, blogs and websites. Seriously, if you have an Internet/Social Media site that you think other Trikke devotees should know about, please share it in the comments below or via email. It would be nice to have some good links to share in each of the upcoming social media articles. Let’s get connected!!