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Spirit and Oppy was nominated for a Shorty Award!

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Spirit and Oppy  (MarsRovers on Twitter) was nominated for a Shorty Award(You can still submit a vote for fun, but the actual contest is over)

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Jim Hendrickson
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Zachary McCauley I vote for @MarsRovers for a Shorty Award in #science because... they help capture ppl's imagination
Elizabeth Newcamp
Elizabeth Newcamp I vote for @MarsRovers for a Shorty Award in #science because...they are changing the way we view Mars.
BionicValkyrie
BionicValkyrie I vote 4 @MarsRovers for a Shorty Award in #science because - they are the brave little rovers that could, and did, far more than expected
George Aranjuez
George Aranjuez I vote 4 @MarsRovers for a Shorty Award in #science because it's the little rover that could and it tweets in the first person. I connected.
Marie-Lan Taÿ Pamart
Marie-Lan Taÿ Pamart I vote for @MarsRovers for a Shorty Award in #science because they're basically R2-D2 doing science on Mars!
phigan
phigan I vote 4 @MarsRovers for a Shorty Award in #science because rovers rock!
Dale Jackaman
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Stella
Stella I vote for @MarsRovers for a Shorty Award in #science because they boldly went where no man has gone before and rocked!
The Shorty Interview
with Spirit and Oppy
What's your best tweet?
Now you're going to get us in an argument over which rover has better tweets! Let's just say all of them are good.
What are six things you could never do without?
Our six wheels. A few of them don't turn anymore (worn out from a lot of use) but we discovered that dragging a wheel helped us do science.
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
Are you implying there is something other than a professional life?? Our programmers hadn't mentioned that.
What's your favorite Twitter app?
Gosh, we like Tweetie and Seesmic. Twitterfall and TweetGrid are great during major events to see how the community comes together
Twitter or Facebook?
Both of them! We update each with unique content (the way it should be)! We're on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mars.rovers
What feature should Twitter add?
Not sure, but I wish they'd rethink the new retweet format.
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn't?
The Martian Weather Channel. It would be great to know ahead of time when a dust storm is headed our way..
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
Look, we already shortened Opportunity's name to "Oppy", but we refuse to shorten Spirit's name to a four-letter word.
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
Anyone who thinks they don't care about space exploration. Let us change your mind.
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
Nope, never had to unfollow anyone!
Why should we vote for you?
We were sent on a 90-day mission & we've been doing science, REAL SCIENCE, on Mars for over six years.
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
We just got a tweet from Voyager 2 supporting us in the Shorty Awards. That was cool! Voyager 2 is out at the edge of our solar system.
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
#FreeSpirit . Our followers liked it so much they created t-shirts. Our next one could be #SpiritisAlive, or perhaps #6YearsNOrecalls
How do you make your tweets unique?
Simple. We talk about being on Mars.
What inspires you to tweet?
Finding evidence of water on Mars. Climbing a Martian mountain. Toe-dipping into a crater. And finding cool meteorites & drilling into them.
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
Not so far, knock on wood. Or in our case, knock on rocks.
140 characters of advice for a new user?
Don't tell us something, ENGAGE us in something.
How long can you go without a tweet?
Usually only a day or two. But during solar conjunction (when sun is between Mars & Earth) comm w/ Earth is interrupted for days.
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
Oh, there are so many good ones! We like @Astro_Mike for taking the challenge to be the first working astronaut to tweet from space.
Why'd you start tweeting?
We figured a few people might be curious about what we do up here on Mars day in & day out. We're thrilled 20K + are following us now.
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
Yes! Hearing from kids who follow us & are now excited about science gets us a little misty-eyed. It also encourages us to work harder.
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
As long as everyone plays nice and learns something new, we're happy.
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
Your world or our world? On Mars, we'll have at least one new rover on the block (@MarsScienceLab) and hopefully more!