Yeah, I’m totally leaving work early this afternoon.
Seriously, Bruce Hornsby just retweeted me on Twitter. My work here, at least for today, is done.
The boss has long been preaching “digital first,” after all, and it doesn’t get much better than that. Not as far as I’m concerned.
Not when it comes to 90’s icons. And me. And a connection I’ve been waiting to make since middle school, when I was sitting home on Saturday night, listening to the soft patter of Mandolin Rain and watching technology peak with the mix-tape cassestte.
This, all you young 20-something Evening Sun staffers, is my moment, my Walk in the Sun.
To fully appreciate the depth of this happening – and just a few days after my 36th birthday nonetheless – I suppose requires a little background.
Here’s what I typed into Twitter yesterday, speaking of a Christmas present from my wife I’ve been awaiting for over a month:
“Excited for @brucehornsby tommorrow night in #iloveyorkcity Gonna be a good show”
For those of you not so in-the-know as I, “@brucehornsby” is the Twitter handle for singer Bruce Hornsby. The reference is to a concert he’s holding tonight, to which we have two tickets. And “#iloveyorkcity” is a hashtag (reference on Twitter) to York, something I’ve seen a bunch of York Daily Record staffers use for stories centered over that way.
I guess I did it right.
Anyway, at the time I posted that comment I didn’t think much more of it. I knew Hornsby keeps a Twitter account, but with 2,000-plus followers what are the odds he’d see something posted by some overly excited Hanoverian, and take the time to respond online?
Pretty good, as it turns out.
Because sure enough, when I got back from eating lunch this afternoon, there it was, posted from his account:
That “RT” stands for retweet (I think) and – if we pretend he doesn’t have “people” for such things – means Hornsby was online at some point before his show in York today, looking at messages from fans.
Specifically, from a guy who, if you like, can rattle off the tracks of the 1986 album “The way It Is” for you. All in correct order. Or alphabetically, if you like.
Prefer 1993’s “Harbor Lights?” Got you covered there, too. That one starts and ends with the song “Fields of Gray,” as far as I’m concerned.
Either way, Bruce Hornsby saw what I wrote. And he liked it.
But the point here is not my disturbing devotion to any particular singer-songwriter, but rather to today’s ability to connect with said singer online, and in that way to bring him a bit closer to York County.
That’s the kind of thing we talk about here a great deal. Like most local news sources, we’re always looking for ways to meet people online, and in our case to get you the news quickly and correctly. And social media sites like Twitter and Facebook are often the best way to do that these days.
I know when I’m with our weekend crew in here, we make it a priority to let you know about accidents as soon as they happen, well before we even get to the scene. And weekdays are generally no different, with a steady stream of tweets and Facebook updates heading your way on a daily basis.
Sometimes, it’s hard to judge what the appropriate volume is there, and in turn how much is too much.
We always want you to get the news without being overwhelmed by it.
And of course just like the print edition, the best way you can help us to ensure that is to give us your feedback whenever you can — by writing, or posting, or tweeting or whatever.
If – like me – you’re still in the toe-dipping stage of social media and online activity, here’s where you can find us.
On Facebook, give this link a try: http://www.facebook.com/#!/hanovereveningsun
On Twitter, find us here. Our username is @theeveningsun
And if you stumbled upon this post by accident, our blogging home is now here: www.evesunblog.com
If you’re looking for still more ways to connect with your local paper online, well, send us ideas and suggestions on that, too. We’ll be glad to try and accomodate, and to provide news from the Hanover and Gettysburg areas in any way we can.
That’s what we’re here for, after all.
Although in this particular case, don’t expect a response – at least not from me personally – before tomorrow sometime.
After all, I’m heading out now to a long-awaited appointment in York with one of my favorite singers. A guy who I’m really tight with, online at least, and who’ll be there waiting for me.
Sorry. That’s just “The Way It Is.”
Although, come to think of it, I will have my phone on me at the concert. And I have social media apps, and there’s probably pretty good network coverage in York.
So send me a message about this whole thing if you want.
And forget about anyone who tells you the local paper isn’t interested, all the time, in your opinion on Hanover-area events.
Yeah. Don’t you believe them.