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The Shorty Interview with Stephen W. Ramsden

Twitter or Facebook?


What inspires you to tweet?

I tweet in order to spread the wonder of science to the world communty, especially students. It is my goal to reignite the thirst for space.

What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?

That it is only for celebrities and politicians.

How do you imagine Twitter changing?

I can see twitter intertwining itself more and more with up and coming social networks. I see more multimedia and socially relevant topics.

What will the world be like 10 years from now?

I hope we will be a world in which science and the natural will be a more valuable read than the latest exploitation piece or controversy.

Who is the funniest person on Twitter that you follow?

apmira1208 My niece Michelle Ramsden who is a first year law student at Emory University. She has a whit like no other...very dry...very..

What are six things you could never do without?

My awesome labor Union NATCA, My dog Biggie, My iPhone, My laptop, My Starbucks, My Nerdmobile Solar Van, My wife Natalie

Ever get called out for tweeting too much?

Yes, when I first started I sent a "spicey" reply, I thought it went to one person, it went to over 100 followers. I was hugely embarrassed.

How do you make your tweets unique?

I always link a current image of the Sun taken by one of my middle school students during the outreach events I host.

Why should we vote for you?

I have singlehandedly developed the worklds highest volume astronomy outreach program in the last four years using social media.

Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?


What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?

Thank You Very Much

How do you use Twitter in your professional life?

I recieve daily updates from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association -my labor union-via twitter.

140 characters of advice for a new user?

dont let the "threat" of exposure of your personal information stop you from plugging in to the worlds most expansive social network.

Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?

Solar Flare, SunSpots, NASA Goddard, Solar Probe Plus

Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn't?


Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?

Avertedvision This is Alan Friedman, my mentor in Solar Imaging.

What was the funniest trend you've seen?

I really dont keep up with the trends as I am too busy with science outreach and way to nerdy to care.

How do you decide what to tweet?

I tweet relevant solar activity information after every event along with images taken by students at my events.

Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?


What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?

skip the drama and vulgarity and try to use it for its natural pupose of bringing the world together through shared interests.

How long can you go without a tweet?

about 16 hours...

What are some big Twitter faux pas?

Replying to everyone with a love note instead of the one you meant?

What's your best tweet?

10 more hours in the coal mines, referring to my full time job as an Air Traffic Controller at the world's busiest airport.

What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?


What question are we not asking here that we should?

Have you integrated twitter feeds into your existing social networking infrastructure?

Why'd you start tweeting?

more chances to reach people everywhere who may be into the most exciting new field of astronomy since the discovery of galaxies.

Why should people follow you?

I only put out interesting scientific tweets, no politics, no religion, just science and good news.

Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, he doesn't know what he is missing. I wish Carl Sagan were alive to see this explosion in social networking.

How will the world change in the next year?

Unfortunately, probably little good will come out of the next year. Too much crazy political stuff going on in the US.

Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?

DouglasDJones he brings his awesome sports photography to the masses and explains how these incredible images are made!

Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?


What feature should Twitter add?

I love it just like it is...