Impact of wired world – Curiosity’s popularity measured by social media

I found this article interesting, not only for its information but also for the technique of de facto instant polling of who was jazzed by Curiosity. The short answers are: a) men are somewhat more interested than women, b) teens don’t care, c) the 25-34 age group was most interested. Naturally U.S. folks were more excited, but Costa Rica also made the top of the list. As far as states, California and D.C. were all hot, but interestingly Utah and Colorado (no surprise as some of those states have natural areas that look like Mars 🙂 )

The involvement of social media, esp. Twitter on the night of the landing, and now Facebook as a measure of interest is entirely new and welcome. Being able to share this mission with as many people as will look brings the value of space exploration more than just the TV broadcasts of earlier missions. The fact that anyone, outside the mission geologists, get excited about views of desolate plains with lots of gravel is, to me, quite remarkable. Space pictures are always popular, but it’s usually those glamorous false-color telescope shots and not dull images from a place we’ve already visited. I’m delighted that at least some people get interested in science and having social media provide more of a real-time and shared experience adds to the fun.

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old fat (but now getting trim and fit) guy, who used to create software in Silicon Valley (almost before it was called that), who used to go backpacking and bicycling and cross-country skiing and now geodashes, drives AWD in Wyoming, takes pictures, and writes long blog posts and does xizquvjyk.
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5 Responses to Impact of wired world – Curiosity’s popularity measured by social media

  1. douq says:

    btw: Found this while reading the article I mentioned, great photo (I’ve seen it before but not this good): http://mashable.com/2012/07/08/nasa-mars-panorama/

  2. douq says:

    Naturally there is a dark side too, exposing Curiosity to the public. I hope no one can actually do this (or that there aren’t even simpler ways): How to Hack … http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2408295,00.asp

  3. douq says:

    And another person who believes the only way imaging devices are measured is in megapixels, when will this people learn such a one-dimensional metric is really stupid: http://betanews.com/2012/08/09/mars-rover-curiosity-camera-isnt-as-good-as-your-cell-phones/ How many cellphones would even operate at the temperature and pressures on Mars! Plus no mention of pixel depth or how the color filtering is done. Sure my iPhone’s camera would be just ducky on Mars.

  4. douq says:

    And another interesting article about the “gravel” that got blown onto Curiosity by the descent engines: http://news.discovery.com/space/unexpected-debris-atop-curiosity-not-a-problem-120809.html

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