I’m So MAD I’m Going To Twitter

April 30th, 2009 by admin

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Why waste your time futilely shaking your fist at the driver who cut you off on the country road when you can take him to task on the information superhighway?

Molly Hutchins says the Twitter feed gives people an “outlet to vent your frustration” over bad drivers.

AKBadDrivers is a month-old Twitter feed that takes road rage into the information age.

It lets aggrieved motorists in Alaska fire off 140-character vents about drivers who follow too closely, park too tightly, drive too fast or flout other vehicular etiquette.

When “you yell out the window or give them the finger, you really don’t get any vindication,” said the Twitter feed’s co-creator, Molly Hutchins. “This gives you an outlet to vent your frustration to others and feel like you’ve gotten a little justice.”

Hutchins hatched the idea after she found her mother’s instant messages, or tweets, were increasingly becoming rants on bad driving.

Her parents commute 50 miles each way from their home in Wasilla to Anchorage every day. Her mother, Annette Mullen, would unleash her fury over aggressive or annoying driving antics from the passenger seat, via the micro-blogging site Twitter.

“I kept seeing more and more angry ones, and I said, ‘Why don’t I set one up just for that?’ ” Hutchins said.

“Then we said, ‘Why can’t we let other people post to it, too?’ ”

That was three weeks ago. Thanks to an appearance on a morning radio show and a feature in the Anchorage Daily News, the feed now has 648 followers — and climbing.

They send their rants privately, and the mother-daughter duo posts them anonymously.

“Geek Squad bug on Northern Lights — does your car come with turn signals? Let’s use ‘em,” said one post.

Source: CNN


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