Marathoners are Twittering [file under: c'mon]

Brian X. Chen writes for Gadget Lab:

CNN news producer Peter Wilkinson and Latitude Group CEO Alex Hoye stood out among 35,000 runners at Sunday’s London Marathon — in the digital world, at least, where they tweeted their progress with their cellphones…

“My biggest fear was it would be boring — mile 1: running; mile 2: still running,” Hoye said. “But I gave it a try and people were talking about it on mile 9, retweeting it, and I said fuck it. And the great thing is, every mile you have to get your milestone of what you’re going to tweet. You have to think of something mildly amusing every mile.”

I’m going to tweet my next run with Lisa. Maybe it will make the time fly by?

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5 Responses to Marathoners are Twittering [file under: c'mon]

  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s things like this that make me wish marathoning was less popular.

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  2. Enochrewt says:

    Ugh. I don’t give two shits about anyone’s run. Carl Lewis could have tweeted a report every three meters when he set the world record in ’84 and I wouldn’t have cared to read it.

    Running is done for personal health and self introspection, and using twitter to announce every mile to whoever will listen reeks of being an attention whore. But I guess most of Twitter is about the same way.

    This Penny Arcade comic sums up 99% of Twitter.

  3. historyman68 says:

    I don’t twitter but I get the impression it’s a kind of introspective thing anyway – a way to solidify to yourself how you’re feeling at the moment.

  4. Anonymous says:

    If you tweet your next run with an Apple Lisa, that’d be something.

  5. Enochrewt says:

    @Myself in #2: This seemed a bit aggressive, I can see having a loved one keeping track of your progress using twitter. I just can’t see shouting your progress at anyone who would listen.

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