Is NASCAR's biggest Twitter holdout finally ready to start tweeting?
After sending tweets as part of a sponsor promotion on Wednesday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he's more open to the idea than ever before.
During a series of photo shoots for 2013, Earnhardt Jr. conducted a "takeover" of the @NationalGuard Twitter account, sending self-portraits and answering fan questions submitted with a #DaleTakeover hashtag.
But by the end of the day, Earnhardt Jr. wasn't just answering questions; he was sending out tweets on his own:
Answering my own question. @Pandora_Radio is my favorite iPhone app. They revolutionized the way I listen to music.
Random question: What is a mini-series that you could sit and watch for 8 hours straight? Mine is "Lonesome Dove"
Want to hear a good song? Listen to "I'm on Fire" by @TownMountain. It's a @Springsteen cover.
So with all that, will the @DaleJr Twitter account (which already has more than 162,000 followers despite no tweets) finally become active?
"It makes sense, probably enough to consider it," Earnhardt Jr. said. "I enjoyed it. I see how it could be a lot of fun, but I don't know. I liked the interaction though."
In the past, Earnhardt Jr. has said he doesn't want to tweet because he feels the fan expectations will be too high. He doesn't want to commit to having a social media account.
"I had Facebook and MySpace and all that way back in the day, and I just get burned out feeling that responsibility to keep it updated," he said in 2010. "You know, what for? You gotta get out of the house every once in awhile.
"I just had to cut it all out. It was like I was a parent having to take care of this thing."