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The Shorty Interview
with Curiosity Rover

What's your best tweet?
"I'm safely on the surface of Mars. GALE CRATER I AM IN YOU!!! #MSL.” It's not often that you get to land on another planet... or that a science tweet gets Bieber-level RTs (71,000+!). https://twitter.com/MarsCuriosity/status/232348380431544320
What are six things you could never do without?
My cameras, plutonium, chemistry lab, the Deep Space Network, "Best of Bowie" CD and you'll have to pry the rock-vaporizing laser off my cold, dead head.
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
As a robot chemist on Mars, I have a pretty sweet day job. I use Twitter to show people the day-to-day operations of searching the Red Planet for past habitable environments.
What's your favorite Twitter app?
Call me old school, but I like the Web interface.
Twitter or Facebook?
Twitter AND Facebook. You try explaining your "radioisotope thermoelectric generator" in 140 characters.
What was the funniest trend you've seen?
Individual Martian rocks with their own Twitter feeds. I’m looking at you, @N165Mars.
What feature should Twitter add?
Interplanetary trending topics. Seriously. @CassiniSaturn , @NASAJuno and @NASAVoyager will back me up on this.
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn't?
Tina Fey. (I'm a huge fan.) She says most people on Twitter are boooooooring and you should have to get a license to tweet. To which I say A) I'm a robot, not a person and B) TWEETS FROM MARS! High-fiving a million engineers.
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
@NeilTyson ... we had this epic Twitter chat the day before I landed. I thought we had something special, Neil. http://storify.com...
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
Nope. No complaints.
Why should we vote for you?
Because I have a laser and I'm not afraid to use it. Heh heh... ;-) No? OK... who else is going to Tweet hi-res pictures from the surface of Mars direct to your phone?
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
#lifeonMars (I'll keep you posted.)
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
They’re all interesting, but the most surprising connection was Britney Spears. https://twitter.com/MarsCuriosity/status/235785917665771521
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
How do you make your tweets unique?
One part science. One part swag.
What inspires you to tweet?
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
Nah, I only overtweeted when I was landing on Mars, but nobody seemed to mind.
140 characters of advice for a new user?
People love pics. Leave room for RTs. Don't start with an @mention unless you mean it.
How long can you go without a tweet?
A day without tweets is like a sol without sunshine. (Sol = Mars day)
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
@MarsPhoenix -- first @NASA spacecraft on Twitter. I learn from the best.
Who is the funniest person on Twitter that you follow?
@SteveMartinToGo . Not gonna lie. I do King Tut impressions all the time with my robotic arm. I am one wild and crazy rover!
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
That people only use it to share pictures of their lunches. I've sent more than 1,700 tweets and not one of them includes a sandwich.
Why should people follow you?
Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
@NASAVoyager (leaving the solar system!) @CassiniSaturn , @AsteroidWatch (you never know, right?)
How do you use social media to motivate yourself or others to live a healthier life?
What? Are you saying this plutonium battery makes my butt look big?
How has social media helped bring your family closer together and #keepgoodgoing?
Me and @MarsRovers -- we're family – and social media helps keep us in touch with our teams at @NASA , @NASAJPL and all our partner institutions. Sure would be lonely in space without Twitter.
Why'd you start tweeting?
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
1.3 million people really do want to know what I did at work today. That feels great.
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
How will the world change in the next year?
Earth year or Mars year?
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
If you have an overwhelming desire to tweet a picture of a tool, limit it to your drill, scoop or X-ray spectrometer.
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
Cold, red and dusty. Oh! Did you mean Earth?

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Stephanie Goulding
Stephanie Goulding @fpvs
I nominate @MarsCuriosity for a Shorty Award in #science because it posts some awesome selfies.
Becca Stareyes
Becca Stareyes @beccastareyes
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Steven Mazliach @AppleNewsGuy
I nominate @MarsCuriosity for a Shorty Award in #science because it is exploring the surface of Mars.
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I nominate @MarsCuriosity for a Shorty Award in #science because it's the funniest tweeter on another planet!
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carlos @strangecarlos
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Vicki Portway @sluggernova
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Greekgeek @Greekgeek
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Georgie
Georgie @georgie82
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