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The Shorty Interview
with Virtual Astronomer
What's your best tweet?
The International Space Station is passing over, go outside and look up NOW! and Meteorwatch Has Begun!
What are six things you could never do without?
Twitter, my iphone, my laptop, followers, funny ladies and my legs
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
Information giving and gathering
What's your favorite Twitter app?
Tweetdeck It does everything I want
Twitter or Facebook?
What was the funniest trend you've seen?
Dirty Science and CarryonTweeting
What feature should Twitter add?
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn't?
Actually, I think all the cool people use twitter now? Would be good to see Sir Patrick Moore?
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
Astronomy, Science and Space
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
Only spammers ages ago, I let Twitter do it now, although I have unfollowed the odd idiot for over the top bad language and stuff.
Why should we vote for you?
I work very hard at spreading the word of science and astronomy to as many people in the world as possible, whoever they are, keeping it fun
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
VirtualAstro, Astronomy, Science, Space, Meteors, :)
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
Professor Brian Cox (@profbriancox) Dr Ian O'neil (@astroengine) Carol Vorderman (@carolvorders) and Vicky Duncaf (@radiovicky)
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
#Meteorwatch although over 50000 people have used it and it has trended a few times. Knocked Miley Cirus of the top spot the first time :)
How do you make your tweets unique?
Make them fun, simple and factual. They are for everyone and are easy to follow
What inspires you to tweet?
Spreading the word about science and astronomy to ordinary people and being part of a wider community where everyone is equal.
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
Sometimes :) Twitter is a big part of what I do and is the main way I get my info out to the masses :)
140 characters of advice for a new user?
Just tweet, follow people and get followed, be yourself, have fun and be interesting. You will pick it all up in no time.
How long can you go without a tweet?
What question are we not asking here that we should?
What can Twitter do for the World?
How do you imagine Twitter changing?
Getting Smarter with more users
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
@Astroengine @DiscoverySpace The tweets are fun but still interesting and informative
Who is the funniest person on Twitter that you follow?
@RadioVicky She is absolutely Hysterical and makes me Lol big time!!! :)))
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
Its just noise, which isn't true if you care to use it properly
Why should people follow you?
I tweet about astronomy and science. I make it cool, fun and easy for all who follow
Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
How do you decide what to tweet?
What comes to mind first and any current topics and see what others are talking about? I tweet current astronomy events
Why'd you start tweeting?
It was an experiment one evening, to tweet astronomy. It went crazy so I carried on and it got better and better
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
Yes!!! It has brought my favourite interests out to the world and the world is sharing them with me.
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
Share more and not be elitist (have I spelled that right?) Join in and enjoy
How will the world change in the next year?
Science and astronomy will be more popular thanks to things like Twitter
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
API usage and needs to be taken more seriously in general. Its a great broadcast medium.
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
Warmer and busier, with better internet