Twitter As Real Life: How the NASA Tweetup Levels the Social Media Playing Field

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I can't hide behind my computer for the whole NASA Tweetup.

I’m sitting in my local coffee shop, What’s Brew’n, about to be interviewed by my local TV station about the upcoming NASA Tweetup. It got me thinking how much more real this experience will be for me than anything else I’ve blogged or tweeted about.

Bear with me for a minute.

You see, when I blog and tweet about social media (whether it’s sport-related or not), it’s normally just me behind a computer, TV screen, or, at best, at a stadium or arena. I’m usually just sharing my experiences, thoughts and ideas that highlight this small corner of the cyber-sports world. Most of what I write or tweet about happens online. It’s observations about athletes, teams, organizations or fans and their social media interactions.

While some sporting events are historic in nature, nothing comes close to what I’ll be doing a week from today at Kennedy Space Center. Maybe you’ve heard of it? As we draw closer to launch, the guest list gets more impressive. Rep. Gabbrielle Giffords (D-AZ), the President and First Family and a host of other dignitaries are planning to attend (to heck with the Royal Wedding!). Then there’s the 150 lucky NASA tweetup participants who will be there, too.

Lucky indeed.

As I plan to tell Barclay Pollak, the NBC 15 reporter who’s interviewing me, I feel like I hit the lottery. It’s been a whirlwind experience for me, as I know it has been for the 149 other NASA Tweetup crew. Why? Sports or not, this is an experience of a lifetime. Not to mention the great people I get to meet who have come from literally all over the planet to witness history. To be a part of the NASA experience. To share their thoughts and ideas with their following – each different from the next.

Social media levels the playing field, whether it’s in sport, business or space travel.

That’s the beauty of Twitter, and social media as a whole, and one of the things most people take for granted. Social media levels the playing field for this humble, Midwestern guy who just started blogging about sports and social media – and others like me. It brings together people from incredibly diverse backgrounds to this amazing, significant event in space travel history. And American history. It’s a way for me and others like me to witness history, 140 characters at a time.

As I will tell Barclay – and as I’ve told others – I’m not worthy. But I’ll do my best to give my readers and followers something worthwhile and different. I’m not trying to do this for personal gain, though I’m already expanding my horizons as a blogger and micro-blogger. I’m doing this because I was fortunate, lucky, blessed – you name it. There’s a certain responsibility to this duty, and I hope I deliver.

See you at Cape Canaveral. And thanks for being a fan.

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11 thoughts on “Twitter As Real Life: How the NASA Tweetup Levels the Social Media Playing Field

  1. I’m so jealous. Can’t wait to follow along with your live tweets, and those of the other 149 members of the “team”. Is there an official hashtag we should be following?

  2. Great post. I’m so excited to be attending as well. I won’t be able to sleep for the next week.

    The hashtag is #NASATweetup. And you don’t have to join Twitter to follow along. Just go to search.twitter.com and search for NASATweetup

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