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Being More Social

January 22nd, 2013

If it’s good enough for the Pope, I figure that it’s good enough for me.

I’ve been on Twitter for about two years now, but have found myself with remarkably little to say. Perhaps initially I was intimidated by the character limit for posts. As time went on, I would occasionally retweet or post some urgent message, but by and large I’ve been a Twitter voyeur.

That’s all about to change.

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to embrace Twitter, just as so many railroad companies (and the Pope) have. The popular social media site is used extensively by rail transit systems to provide instant updates about service disruptions, station maintenance, detours and other advisories, and by freight railroads and suppliers to share news, customer service information and other developments.

I will attempt to find my Twitter voice and be more prolific in the coming months. I hope to engage more with my rail community colleagues and to pick up more followers (@KeeneyRR) in the process. I’ll take it one step at a time … or should I say one Tweet at a time?

—By Kathy Keeney

Kathy Keeney is Publisher of the Rail Group at UBM Global Trade. The granddaughter of a railroader, she has been writing about railroads for more than 25 years. She is a past president of The League of Railway Industry Women and served on the board of directors for the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association.

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