FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach John L. Smith has made a big push to pull back the curtain on the football program since taking over for Bobby Petrino, who was fired on April 10.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach John L. Smith has made a big push to pull back the curtain on the football program since taking over for Bobby Petrino, who was fired on April 10.

One notable method: stepping out into the social media world with a Twitter account.

Smith’s Twitter page made its debut two weeks ago and the coach has attracted nearly 7,000 followers during that span. It has provided Smith with an outlet to display some of his personality in 140 characters or less, while more importantly providing some insight into the program for both fans and prospects.

“We thought it would be good for the fans, good for recruiting,” said Mark Robinson, Arkansas’ director of football operations. “Kind of give people an inside look, inside access to what’s going on with Arkansas football. We kind of discussed it his first day here then decided to go ahead and do it.”

Smith admitted last week it wasn’t exactly his idea to set up a Twitter account. It was Robinson who suggested it. But the new Arkansas coach has been receptive to it.

“You’ve got to be able to Facebook,” Smith said about his motivation. “You’ve got to be able to Twitter. It’s today’s world.”

Smith has attracted roughly 7,000 followers to his Twitter account since the page made its debut on May 15 with a post that simply read: “Excited about Twitter. #WPS”

One early tweet showed off some of his quirky personality when he answered a question by proclaiming: “Rule No. 1 — No stupid questions.” He also added a little later: “I didn’t come to paint. I came to tweet!”

But his Twitter posts haven’t simply been limited to humor and sarcasm. Smith has posted photos of the construction taking place around the program, from the football operations center to the new scoreboard installation.

“We kind of get together every morning and look at the schedule on a daily basis and talk about what happens that day,” Robinson said. “One of the things we do is I show him his Twitter account, who has kind of sent him messages and he likes to respond to some of them. Then we talk about some good ideas from that day to tweet about. With all the construction now, those are easy things.”

Smith certainly isn’t the first coach to take to Twitter. Southeastern Conference football coaches like Georgia’s Mark Richt, LSU’s Les Miles, Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze, Auburn’s Gene Chizik and Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen have used Twitter for some time.

So do other Arkansas coaches like basketball coach Mike Anderson, women’s golf coach Shauna Estes-Taylor, volleyball coach Robert Pulliza, women’s tennis coach Michael Hegarty.

Former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino had a Twitter page set up by the university, but did not post anything during his four-year tenure.

Smith admitted he’s not the one responsible for posting tweets. Robinson does it, but there’s a collaborative effort between them.

“We get together in the morning and I need a little help with it,” Smith said. “Usually it’s coming from my mouth, but not from my hands.”

Robinson believes that can be beneficial as Arkansas inches closer to the season.

He works closely with Smith and said Smith’s page should remain active when football season begins. While Smith is addressing the team in meetings or working with players during practices, Robinson said he can document those moments and post them to Smith’s Twitter page.

“We’ll be obviously busy once practice starts in August, but that’s one of the good things about me doing it,” Robinson said. “I’m always with him. So when he’s giving that pregame speech on Friday afternoon or when we’re in College Station doing a walk through at Kyle Field, I can take a picture of him and put it on Twitter. We’ve outlined some ideas.”

Robinson said they’re motivated to keep it going, too, thanks to a positive reaction.

He said Smith has been thanked several times by fans for giving Twitter a try this month.

“Everyone he comes in contact with really enjoys him,” Robinson said. “We think it will be great. A lot of people don’t get a chance to meet the head coach and this is a way to kind of feel like they know him.”