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The Shorty Interview
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How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
We talk about science. A lot. It is LITERALLY my professional life to do science and teach science, so I can't help but talk about it.
What was the funniest trend you've seen?
The Beetlejuice Twitter bot is pretty awesome. Just tweet his name three times...
What feature should Twitter add?
Randomly promote one person every day. Don't tell them. It'll be hilarious.
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
CarlSaganRidingOnThings
How do you make your tweets unique?
I'm funnier than most people. But not all people. I also know more about science than most people. But not all people.
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
Nope. Maybe Tumbling, though.
140 characters of advice for a new user?
Online is not where you go to be someone else. It's where you go to be yourself. Explore that, and stay curious.
How long can you go without a tweet?
I know the value of Twitter and social media, but I also realize the power of unplugging. I could go a long time.
What question are we not asking here that we should?
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
Roman Reed (@spinalcordcure) is a former football player turned stem cell advocate. He's paralyzed, and fights for stem cell research. Hero.
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
That famous people will ever see your tweets to them. Or that it can't inspire real-world actions and connections. Both are false.
Why should people follow you?
You're short on time but big on curiosity. I'll help you get all the interesting science I can.
Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
Andy Borowitz (@borowitzreport) is pretty much the Edward R. Murrow of our time. And @BoraZ reads the entire internet every day.
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
I've met people that I admire and who teach me daily. I've connected to ideas I would never have known. I've learned how I can inspire others
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
Send unsolicited compliments to each other.
How will the world change in the next year?
It will get warmer, and then colder.
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
A little more crowded, but a whole lot more interesting. 10 years ago none of this even existed. Imagine what we'll invent! And hoverboards!

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