In 2009, I started a simple Twitter account and website to cull links about USA travel news. You see, the United States doesn’t have a unified national tourist board the way other countries do and I thought Twitter would be an excellent way to collect U.S. travel news from official city, state, and regional boards, museums, and disseminate it to people looking for U.S. travel ideas.
My work, enthusiasm, and familiarity with the subject matter got me noticed by an editor at About.com, who encouraged me to apply to be the USA Travel guide.
Since June 2011, I have been building that site from scratch. Of more than 900 guide sites on About.com, the USA Travel site ranks between 400 and 500, a stellar number given that my site has been online for barely one year.
My usatourismboard Twitter account now has more than 6,300 followers and a small, but respectable, number of more than 450 likes on Facebook.
I am also starting to build the presence of USA Travel’s “official” (corporation created) social media channels.