Looking for a way to keep up with the bass and BASS worlds? We've got the answer. It's called Twitter, and it'll keep you plugged into your favorite sport all day long and often even around the clock. Let James Hall keep you posted on Bassmaster Magazine, Chris Horton update you on BASS Conservation and, if you're a Zoniac, you can stay in tune with Mark Zona. Here's how to keep up-to-date with BASS instantly.
Chris Horton, BASS Conservation Director, has been "Tweeting" since March 5, and already has over 30 followers (those who subscribe to his Twitter account to get Chris' Tweets via e-mail or text message).
"Twitter is a quick, easy way to keep people involved regarding what BASS Conservation is doing," Horton said. "It's probably the best way to immediately inform the masses about issues and activate members to get them involved."
Horton has used his account to keep followers in the loop about his progress in Washington, and will continue to do so, given Twitter's simplicity.
"That's one of the best things about it; it's so simple," he said. "It was quite a pleasant surprise to be able to go in there and sign up so easily. Not to mention it's completely free, and you can opt out at any time."
Follow Chris as he makes headlines on the Conservation front at Twitter.com/basshorton.
Bassmaster Magazine editor James Hall is privy to some of the most interesting facets of the bass fishing world, like fishing with country music stars Josh Turner and Billy Currington, to taking on bass all over the country and world.
"I want to bring BASS members behind the scenes of the magazine and give them insight into things that we don't have space to publish or otherwise wouldn't get any press," he said. "Plus, I plan on out-Twittering Mark Zona. If my Tweets aren't more interesting, at least I'll be using words that actually exist."
Keep current with James and Bassmaster at Twitter.com/james_hall_bass.
Zoniacs rejoice Mark Zona, host of The World's Greatest Fishing Show, is an admitted technophobe, but he may soon see the light with a little Twitter therapy.
"When I was first approached about Twittering, I said, 'What? Go Twitter yourself, buddy'," he said. "Once Twitter was explained to me, and I found out it wasn't something rude, I thought I'd give it a shot.
"I saw the real potential of Twitter at the Elite Series event at Guntersville. I was out on the water with Tommy (Sanders) and James Overstreet, the photographer for ESPN Outdoors, and I was Twittering about how Aaron (Martens) was struggling, and then we stumbled upon Skeet. As I was out there doing play by play, blow by blow updates, that's when I realized how cool this is. To read about an event afterward is one thing, but to be there as it unfolds is what it's all about."
As far as the Challenge Hall offered up, Zona was reserved in his response.
"Well, I think James Hall is an all-around better person than me," he said. "But in all honesty, I appreciate the challenge. Did I see myself Twittering 10 or 15 years ago? No. But when I do something, I'm going to do it to its fullest, so look out."
Zona plans on using Twitter both personally and professionally, but places more stock in its practical uses such as on-the-water reporting.
"When people see me on TV, they see I act like an 18 year old. When they get my knucklehead goof off Twitters, they can see I'm more like a 16 year old," he said. "But in all seriousness, my goal with this is to give the most accurate and timely updates as possible when I'm at Elite Series events."
Follow Mark at: Twitter.com/BassmasterZona.