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The Shorty Interview
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What's your best tweet?
The first tweets from an astronaut in space, Mike Massimino (@Astro_Mike).
What are six things you could never do without?
There's really just one -- public support. Without the interest and the inspiration or our followers, the rest is relatively meaningless.
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
@NASA is our professional life. We use it to share mission developments and other agency activities.
What's your favorite Twitter app?
We can't endorse anything but we use everything from CoTweet to OpenBeak -- anything that makes access and multimedia posting easier.
Twitter or Facebook?
Why choose? Both provide valuable services and potential. Use both!
What was the funniest trend you've seen?
People geeking out during coverage of space shuttle launches and other mission activities. They can get really excited.
What feature should Twitter add?
We'll leave software and interface development to the Twitter professionals.
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn't?
Any organization charged with publicly sharing its mission.
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
Anything can be shortened.
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
After you get over 200k followers, it's difficult to spotlight any one individual. Anyone who appreciates exploration and discovery.
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
To keep things manageable, we work to follow NASA-related twitter feeds. We've never had to unfollow anyone.
Why should we vote for you?
As @VeronicaMcG said when she nominated us, name another agency that promises you the moon(s) and delivers?
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
Anything NASA related.
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
Seeing the large number of non-space related Twitter users who are really interested in what we do, like the band McFly and @tommcfly.
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
How do you make your tweets unique?
Real people tweet and we try to provide links to supporting information and media. No one else on Earth has our imagery and content.
What inspires you to tweet?
The work. There aren't a lot of organizations empowered to dream big and then work to make those dreams come true.
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
It happens, especially during live mission events such as launch or a spacewalk. We work to find that "Goldilocks Zone" for tweets.
140 characters of advice for a new user?
Relax. Be relevant. Have fun and don't take yourself too seriously.
How long can you go without a tweet?
It's rare that we go an hour or two without something happening that deserves a post. In space, people can see you tweet!
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
@MarsPhoenix and how the creative folks at JPL, especially @VeronicaMcG, posted first-person tweets during the mission.
Why'd you start tweeting?
Because it's another way we can share our story directly with people and not rely on a traditional media filter.
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
It's no longer about simply sharing information. The speed and formats with which that information is shared is more important now.
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
Share. If you follow people and they're providing interesting information, share those posts. Go retweet crazy!
How will the world change in the next year?
Certainly the way people share information is changing. Revolution is an overused word but information exchange is evolving quickly!
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
Agencies and people who don't respond to followers. This has to be a two-way conversation or you're wasting your time.
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
As different as it was 10 years ago, except more so.

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