DriveTribe, the latest and seemingly best automotive social media site, is a creation that was heralded by the "Three Musketeers" of the former version of Top Gear, and current show "The Grand Tour" as the definitive place for car guys to go.
It's still under wraps, but I just wanted to make a post to drum up support and thank them for the raft of changes and updates that have been announced since I got early access. I'm not sure how much information I can leak, except that the platform is very promising in its current form.
What I am allowed to say, is that I have created my own Tribe, which I have called "Melons' CurbHoppers." On there, you can expect the best of the best of Melons' Better Driving content, but with an emphasis on the creation of discussion beyond just informational articles that I have posted on here. It's not going to be information, like the IMSA series updates I do regularly, but instead it's going to be experiences and ideas that you can discuss and share; think of it as Melons' Better Driving gone social network.
But the main thing I wanted to discuss here, is the huge overhauls that are happening behind the scenes at the request of the most active users in the Feedback and Help desk areas. Lots of bugs are being patched, lots of changes are being made and lots of feedback is being heard.
Unlike on various platforms I had frequented before, I feel like my voice at least matters in terms of input and feedback, which was a very welcome change when I was visiting the site the first time and realized that it wasn't quite what I had imagined. The site is fantastic because of the Content Creation tools, but I found that the bugs and problems and lack of customization of experience was going to impede the truly beneficial sides of the platform. My concerns were handled swiftly and appropriately, some even within a few hours of posting them.
Furthermore, the Feedback system itself was improved with an entire website system being brought online within a day. The speed of the programmers and developers in creating the new system which includes an FAQ section is amazing and very well appreciated.
Subaru Rally Team Canada heads through the Iron Bridge spectator stage at the Rally of the Tall Pines, 2014. Photo by myself, and posted onto DriveTribe. The full gallery of images that I got from this vantage point of the spectator stage is available on DriveTribe as soon as the public is granted access.
All told, then, I think you should be cautiously optimistic of what the site holds. Last night, after spending some time on the site, I was very pessimistic about the site's future, but numerous users and staff have genuinely reassured me... The future looks bright for DriveTribe.
How the public reacts, we have yet to see, but I promise that I will work as diligently as possible to bring it up to a top level standard for you, my dear reader, to enjoy Melons' Better Driving content into the future on this site as well as DriveTribe. Expect some genuinely heart-felt articles to come soon, some funny articles, and even some photo galleries and more.
Andrew Geier is an accomplished automotive enthusiast, with 15 years of automotive experience. At age 22, he created Melons' Better Driving in an effort to make people rethink the automotive world with insightful vision and articles about the future of the automotive culture and all of its subcultures, including motorsports. Seen in the site's background image, examining a road which was torn up by rally cars with his friends, his passion is clearly demonstrated by his excited pose.