Tweeting To Aliens

Who would have guessed that the best way to send a message to those aliens we know are out there somewhere would be via Twitter? Natalie Wolchover explains why for MSNBC:

If there’s something you’d like to say to aliens, now’s your chance. The Wow! signal, a mysterious radio transmission detected in 1977 that may or may not have come from extraterrestrials, is finally getting a response from humanity. Anyone can contribute his or her two cents — or 140 characters, to be exact — to the cosmic reply via Twitter.

All tweets composed between 8 p.m. EDT Friday and 3 a.m. EDT Saturday tagged with the hashtag #ChasingUFOs will be rolled into a single message, according to the National Geographic Channel, which is timing the Twitter event to coincide with the premiere of the channel’s new series, “Chasing UFOs.”

Then on Aug. 15, exactly 35 years after the Wow! signal was detected, humanity’s crowdsourced message will be beamed into space in the direction from which the perplexing signal originated…

[continues at MSNBC]


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  • Redacted

    This is a good idea. Hopefully they respond, so we can pinpoint their location and nuke them.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Too bad any Twitter signal is likely to breakup into incoherent static long before it reaches any physical location readily accesible by E.T.’s.

    The fascinating history of the “Wow!” signal whose graphic output is displayed next to the article is probably a good case in point.  After decades of debate, the depressingly banal conclusion of the senior analyst looking at the data is that it represents the reflection of an earth-originated signal against space debris, rather than some miraculous artifact of an impossibly long journey of millions of lightyears through the radio spectrum.

    But keep trying.

  • Anarchy Pony

    If aliens read nothing but tweets, they’re gonna bookmark Earth as “Do Not Approach”.

  • 6Blackie6

    Does the universe really give a shit that tadpoles freak Ke$ha’s mind out!?

  • louguzzo

    Maybe the twits will reach another planet full of idiot humans who like to watch reality TV and worship pieces of paper with numbers on them, and we can all get together and talk about that which most directly influences our miraculous journeys through life:  what everyone else thinks of YOU.