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4y ago


I’VE NEVER REALLY got the hang of social media. I know that as a seventeen-year-old, my pupils should be rectangular and I must have whatever new device Apple has released this week in my hands at all times, but I’ve always failed to see the irresistible attraction in posting up my every meal or bowel motion as if the whole world is watching and waiting with bated breath.

I frequently see those of my own age hammering furiously at their screens like the arms of a secretary’s typewriter, completely engrossed in a self-created reality TV show of which they are the host. They float around in a fictional trance, with an invisible cyber-blizzard whirring constantly around them.

I can’t help but wonder whether they just love their friends to a truly disturbing degree or if they’ve only just emerged from a cave in East Congo and find every single meaningless, frivolous thing a fellow human being does as being worthy of international acclaim.

"If you are a petrol head, you could use a social media platform to share your passion with fellow petrol heads. And so far as I can gather, that’s what DRIVETRIBE is all about"

James Coleman

Perhaps I’m being an old man about it. Perhaps I’m viewing anything that was not part of life back in the good ol’ days as something that should not be cared less about. And to some degree, that’s true, because back in the good ol’ days, nobody seemed to care about what you ate for breakfast or what shoes you bought, and I’ve always presumed they still don’t.

I will, however, remove the moth balls from my cupboard and admit that social media has its uses. Relatives can stay up to date from a safe distance. Photos and videos can be efficiently shared to hundreds without your email server throwing in the towel. You can meet new people and they can meet you. And if I were John, I would say it were definitely more hygienic than meeting your disease-ridden friends on a face-to-face basis.

Or again, if you are a petrol head, you could use a social media platform to share your passion with fellow petrol heads. And so far as I can gather, that’s what DRIVETRIBE is all about. A soapbox from which one can empty himself of all his pent-up petrol-scented fervour for the automobile, in all its forms.

At least that’s what John, Josh, and I will be using it for. We are young and don’t even possess full licences or own cars in our own right, but before you throw us away as those who cannot possibly know what we’re on about, consider an upside to this immaturity. We will know exactly how best to use this social media thing to its fullest potential.

Except we don’t. So we will rest content in ranting and raving about what we love and just hope it somehow gets out there.

News, reviews, and opinions on all of motoring’s latest and greatest. If that’s your thing, which it should be, please click this page.

Or do I mean ‘join our Tribe’?

At very least, please ‘bump’ us. I think that’s a good thing.

NOTE: At present, DRIVETRIBE only allows one Tribe Leader, so we've chosen John Coleman, but both Josh Lancaster and I will be joining him when the option for multiple leaders becomes available. At the moment, we all post under 'John Coleman', which is a bit of an insult, but can't be helped.

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Comments (18)

  • Far be it for me to stifle your creative flare boys, but you can't label something a review unless you have reviewed the car. Your writing is good and certainly entertaining, but something you will learn if you decide to go into automotive journalism is that you have responsibility to the reader to be clear and honest. Keep up your good work, just be careful how you present things.

      4 years ago
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        4 years ago
    • Tyler & John Coleman...... Look out Rowena a 9 year old knows a lot more!! She has now done 20 episodes. Check in at Supercar Kids Rule! Tribe

        4 years ago
  • ive been driving the same car for 3 years now and I still consider myself a noob, I blame insurance companys

      4 years ago
  • Don't let your young age put you off posting and sharing your views! Okay, none of you can drive, but you will one day! Unless of course Google brings it's 'Driverless Car' out and they ban self-driven cars before you pass your tests... God, I hope that doesn't happen!

      4 years ago
  • Fantastic idea for a tribe! I imagine you guys will be very successful and it's great to have likeminded friends along for the ride. I am 17 as well but have had the privilege of being able to drive in our deserts for the last 10 years, however once that license arrives I'll be straight into all the car dealerships to get my hands on models to test. Good luck with DRIVETRIBE and I will keep an eye out for you in the future.

      4 years ago
  • I can’t test this theory as I have a tribe but I believe each person can use their own profile and write on their own studio. Then they can post to the same tribe. John Coleman will need to add you as a contributor if he has it blocked off. In order to do that John will need to have the tribe on either “All Members” or of only wants you to post must pick “Selected Members” under the edit section of the tribe. If you pick the latter John will then need to find your name in the Members section and click the 3 dots to the right of the name. Here you can let this person post.

    Hopefully this will allow you to all post under your individual names. 😀

      3 years ago
    • Yes, that's what DriveTribe introduced about a week later. They said it was coming soon, so in the meantime, we all posted under me.

        3 years ago
    • I saw that after I posted it and went to delete the comment but the app crashed so not recalling the date, I just left it there like a lazy American 😀

        3 years ago