I have corrected my DestroyTwitter theme which was inspired by the colors in the NASCAR.COM logo. The theme requires at least version 1.4.4beta of DestroyTwitter and now works properly with DestroyTwitter’s new theme management system that was introduced in version 1.4.6beta. I have also modified the colors used in some places. The main difference being the scrollbar that is now red when there is nothing to scroll and green when there is. In any event you’ll want to re-download this updated one if you have been using it. I have also placed the theme on DestroyTwitter’s Theme section
During the Gatorade Duals on Thursday, the truck race Friday night, and today’s Nationwide Race, I was following and twittering with other NASCAR fans (both away and in Daytona at the race itself), journalists, and even a few representatives from some of the NASCAR sponsors. One of them , @matthumphreycar with the Orlando Sentinel posted about it in his NASCAR blog: Twitter helps NASCAR fans keep pace with favorites.
marlataviano: My kind of V-day. Girlies (8, 6, 3) and I back from library w/ fresh books, and everybody’s reading happily. Sigh. (Daddy’s watching NASCAR)
On Saturday, February 14, 2009 1:27 PM | Reply | View Tweet
I’ll do it again tomorrow during the Daytona 500. It will be interesting for sure. I wonder how many will use Twitter during those periods of, uhm, lesser excitement during some of the longer races? Go Dale Jr.!!! 🙂
In addition to changing Tony Stewart’s graphics to reflect his new car number of 14 and sponsor, Office Depot, I have added a latest NASCAR tweets section to my NASCAR page using a PHP RSS parsing script I wrote. I did this more to just see if I could and educate myself more in working with Twitter’s RSS feeds. It’s the RSS feed version of this Twitter search which anyone can just view directly. There are also a few sites such as this NASCAR Twitter group site that follows NASCAR tweets. Even so, why not try something myself where I have more control? 🙂
Currently, I’ve put the tweet section within an IFrame. At the moment you have to manually refresh the list to grab new ones. I kept going back and forth between manual refreshing and automatic refreshing. I may add a form that will let you specify the refresh rate. What’s funny is that getting the RSS parsing working didn’t take that long. Getting the output to look how I wanted with some consistency between IE and Firefox took as long or longer (CSS stuff) 🙄 .
Since there is no 2009 driver standings available yet, I will have to wait until after the Daytona 500 and NASCAR creates a 2009 standings page to change mine. I have some other ideas for specific races as well, such as a specific page for each race with race results and a video playlist specific to that race. Another year of NASCAR has started. Woot! Stay tuned! 🙂