Crosman Corporation has been around for around 50 years and is a great American company. They use social media like Twitter and Instagram to reach their audience and keep connected with consumers. Consumer input helps with new ideas and fixing/updating old designs/models. Crosman uses Twitter to get feedback from people and to announce news and events in the industry. People can also post pictures and videos.
If you are a shooter or hunter and you want to keep up on new technology in air rifles then Twitter is a great tool. Crosman announces new rifles on Twitter. They also have contests where you can win prizes like a new air rifle. You can also see how other people like or dislike their air rifles. Read what they shoot or hunt and where. There are also some air rifle reviews on Twitter but if you want detailed air rifle reviews check out Pellet Guns1.com.
There are videos on Twitter on how Crosman air rifles are built at the factory. I know lots of people love to see how things are made and this is a great way to see it. The Nitro Piston 2 is the latest Crosman technology. It’s more powerful, requires less force to charge and is quieter.
Crosman also manufactures Airsoft guns as well as air rifles. The difference being plastic BB’s compared to metallic. Airsoft guns are great for tactical training and backyard target practice.
Twitter is a great way to communicate with manufacturers. If you have questions or comments, Twitter can help you be heard. There are lots of Crosman employees that tweet from the VP of Sales to engineers to production.
Which news outlet provides “real” valid news? Mainstream Media like CBS, CNN or NBC or Twitter? Let’s examine them.
The shear method of news collecting and presentation makes Twitter the winner in presenting “real” valid news. Mainstream media has a process of gathering, processing and then presenting news. They collect the data then process it into a story. Are they facts or data biased? Manipulated? Or massaged if you will? Maybe. They are the professional broadcasters. They know what makes a headline and ratings and this is what their goal is….high ratings. Mainstream media only covers news or stories that will make high ratings. Their goal is to make money.
Twitter is much different. Twitter users post news for other reasons. They need to be heard or want change or want the world to see something like natural disasters, fighting, corruption, people helping people, etc. Twitter users tend to post what they see and hear with no preparation or processing of information. It’s news directly from the eyes or ears to Twitter. It’s the most direct news report possible. People are on the spot where the news is occurring. They write and submit videos at the vary scene.
Mainstream media are controlled by Governments or large organizations. The news is “massaged” and reviewed before being aired. News broadcasters have actually misreported events and had to make corrections later. This is bad news.
Twitter is not affected by any organizations because average people are the reporters and no one has control over them. They will find a way to report news in the worst of situations.
Here are some examples of Twitter providing the news first.
Cassy Hayes and Jasmine Coleman were the very first people to arrive outside the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medial Center when Michael Jackson was brought to and later passed away. How did they know so fast? Twitter.
Iranian protestors used Twitter to assemble protests and marches in Iran. They were protesting the election which they thought was unjust. Governments find it hard to control this type of media, People can tweet from their smart phones which makes it extremely hard to stop. Twitter news is often the most accurate.
The Mumbai terrorist attacks were first covered by Twitter along with the US Airways jet that landed in the Hudson River. Pictures and video were on Twitter before it ever hit TV.
So what types of businesses are using Twitter?
All kinds. Let’s take a look at Sporting goods for example.
Since I’m an outdoorsman, let’s look at some of my passions like shooting and hunting. My favorite handgun for self defense is the Glock and I follow Glock on Twitter. They provide industry news and new product introductions. You can ask questions or make comments about their products.
Another interesting business that has been around for many years is Crosman. Crosman also participates on Twitter. They tweet very useful information like safe gun handling, personal hunt experiences, hunting videos and new products. Pellet guns have really come along way since I was a kid. I had a Crosman 760 when I was 13 years old. It was a fantastic pellet gun and provided years of fun. Pellet guns are much more powerful today and much more accurate. You can hunt big game with today’s big bore air guns. If you are thinking about buying a pellet gun, check out Gamo, Crosman, Daisy, Umarex and RWS on Twitter.
In the gun cleaning arena is Frog Lube CLP. Frog Lube is also on Twittter. I follow them and have received free samples and helpful tips on their products. FrogLube is a fairly new business with an outstanding product. They use Twitter to reach millions of people. Lots of gun associated products are found on Twitter along with 3rd party bloggers who do reviews and tweet them. Read real reviews on new products as they are released.
Here is a big one…Remington. They also tweet on Twitter. Find out about new guns and gear before it hits the stores. You can get coupons and free gifts too.
One of the biggest retailers in Sporting Goods is Cabelas. They are also on Twitter. They tweet sales and promotions all the time. Get the inside scoop on the next big sale before it hits the newspapers. Cabelas has 173,000 followers and tweeted over 5,800 times. You can discover where to fish and hunt, what equipment you need, special events, gift ideas for Father’s Day and much more.
Twitter opens the doors to communication worldwide. It brings global news to your doorstep.
Twitter introduced Hashtags in 2010 to allow users to embed flag emoticons in tweets. Use the hashtag (#) and then the first 3 letters of the country…like this #USA.
The World Cup Tournament is comprised of 32 countries, all of which have Twitter accounts and will be tweeting news on the race. If you want live news on this race, Twitter is the place to watch. Teams, players, coaches, press and fans will be tweeting the entire time. Even the Iranian team have Twitter accounts.
Twitter not only features 150 character text posts but also photos and videos.
TwittEarth.com or Twitter Earth is a social media visualization effort. It provides a global image mapping twitter activity. Social media and of course Twitter have brought communication to lands where technology and capital make it unobtainable. Third world countries can now be heard internationally. This will bring about change which should have occurred long ago. Millions of people and cultures are living in the past.
Now you can hear everyday people from every country. Get first hand news from the actual people making and watching history.
Twitter Earth has moved to www.twittearth.fr. You can follow the visualization of global communications there.
Some Twitter statistics that are amazing.
- 300 Billion tweets since Twitter started
- Over 241 million users around the world
- The largest user of Twitter is China with 35 million users
- 63% of businesses have a Twitter account
Want to communicate directly with a business? Tweet them. Want to see the latest products being developed? Watch Twitter and see what they are promoting. Businesses often release information on their products and sometime need public opinion. Here’s you chance to engage businesses about products.
If you have a business or are starting one, you need to get on social media like Twitter. The audience is huge. You can get your ideas and products in front of millions of people/consumers.
Here are the top reasons why people follow businesses on Twitter.
- Discounts and promotions
- Free merchandise
- Fun and entertainment
- Upcoming sales
- Access to exclusive content
Twitter is “realtime” news. If you want to see what’s going on in Syria, Egypt, Israel or China, then watch Twitter. People on the streets are reporting news as it happens. The great thing about people reporters is that there is no bias or content blocking. News stations are controlled by governments and may not report everything as it occurred.