Welcome to Twitter Tuesday, a weekly feature here at The Source where we’ll round up the latest Metro related tweets in the Twitterverse. To follow Metro on Twitter just search for @MetroLosAngeles. We recommend adding the #MetroLosAngeles tag to your tweets to get our attention.
It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for another peak inside Metro’s foray into Twitter and what people are talking about when it comes to @MetroLosAngeles and @MetroLAalerts. This time, we’re going to start off with a series of Tweets from people who are still hoping Metro gets its Twitter act together:
pure_awesome @metrolosangeles whats the point of your twitter if you don’t update it with changes not posted on the website?
thebusbench A detour on 76 @metrolaalerts didn’t notice that on your morning report.
GoneMetro @metrolaalerts Need special Twitter account to keep up with detours, etc in downtown Hollywood this week, maybe?
Obviously, the @MetroLAalerts Twitter account doesn’t quite offer the real-time service updates everyone was expecting and hoping for. Not yet at least. So far it seems to be most useful for relaying planned service alerts and major service disruptions due to accidents. And with only 234 followers it seems most Twitter-enabled Metro riders don’t find it valuable enough to follow. The Source plans on catching up with Metro staff in charge of the Twitter account to see where things are headed and when, so faithful followers should stay tuned.
There’s technology related tweets and more, after the jump.
In other technology related commentary, one Twitter user caught wind of our post last week about an iPhone application that connects governments and citizens:
blinkie Hey @metrolosangeles — you probably shouldn’t dream about iPhone apps when you still fail at something as simple as Twitter.
And another user chimed in:
Kythera @blinkie And gods forbid @metrolosangeles account for those of us with Droids and other non-Apple phones. 😛
Twitter users Kythera and blinkie make valid points – it’s probably best to get the simple technology down pat before moving onto bigger and better things, and consideration must be taken that the iPhone, despite what some may believe, is not the only smart phone in the universe.
Case in point:
fulaanah @metrolosangeles how can i access metro.net on my mobile.. is there a site for mobile phones… or apps for the bberry?
There’s currently no Metro apps for Blackberry, iPhone, or Droid phones, but for those wanting to browse the new Metro.net easily on their mobile devices, click the link at the top of the home page that says “Mobile Version“.
One Twitter user threw out a Measure R hash tag in anticipation for the Expo Line:
SaintBastard | Dear @MetroLosAngeles, I can’t wait for the Expo Line! Please break ground soon so that Santa Monicans can ride, too. #MeasureR
And it’s not a week on Metro without riders running into some sort of issues with the system, here’s a few Tweets highlighting some problems:
belekoy1 @metrolosangeles 3 days in a row 714 has been arriving at the la cienega stop 3:35 instead of 3:20!!! I can’t get to the redline on time!
BicyclingNate Why can’t a nearly empty 194 bus wait an extra 5 minutes for a traffic delayed Silver line? #metrolosangeles #mostfolkshavetotransfertoit
TroyBeast just saw a @metrolosangeles sheriff’s deputy give a #PCC student a $200 ticket for eating on the bus in #Pasadena. Seriously not cool.
It’s always nice to end on a positive note, so here’s some Twitter love to Metro bus operators:
librarianjennie A shout out to all bus drivers who wait when you are sprinting to the bus stop. @metrolosangeles