Social Media and The Automotive Industry

While most industries are trying to figure out what Social Media can do for them, the automotive industry has been involved in social media as early as 2001 (possibly even earlier). In fact most manufacturers were involved whether they liked it or not. The reason for the forced involvement had to do with car enthusiasts who had passion for specific automotive models and brands. Using "car love" as the common bond, millions of visitors would join various "closed communities" (bulletin boards) and engage in conversation with each other across the world. This opened the communication doors between the manufacturer and the owner. This also provided an opportunity for people like me to start a "closed community" and provide enthusiasts with something that they couldn't find anywhere else. Hence the start of