There are many layers of social media that cause it to lose its authenticity and original purpose, which was to create a new forefront for communication. Every once in a while we get to read a Tweet that makes us remember the unimaginable unification that technology can provide, especially when it involves the irony filled conversation between Star Trek’s retired captain and a Canadian astronaut.
The most noteworthy parts of the conversation, these men were Tweeting to each other between space and earth. William Shatner, a former Canadian actor who portrayed the iconic captain of TV's "Star Trek," decided to reach out to his fellow Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield.
On January third, Shatner sent a message to Hadfield, soon to become Canada’s first space station commander on Twitter (News - Alert) to find out news while in orbit, via Twitter: "@Cmdr_Hadfield Are you tweeting from space? MBB," Shatner wrote, signing off with his abbreviation of "My Best, Bill."
According to the “Beam Me Up! William Shatner Tweets With Astronaut in Space,” written by Tariq Malik, it didn’t take long for Hadfield to reply from the International Space Station.
“@WilliamShatner Yes, Standard Orbit, Captain. And we're detecting signs of life on the surface," wrote Hadfield.
Since Twitter is meant for concise statements, their conversation was short, yet there is no way to squander its importance. Whether its Twitter, Facebook (News - Alert) or Instgram, the new developments in the world of social media is opening doors of communication between people and places you could never imagine.
Celebrities are constantly responding to their fans through these means, whether it is a simple one world response, there is conversation happening that people didn’t think was possible. Friends and family, despite the difference between them, are able to have a piece of each other in their daily lives by the simple ability to upload and share images.
These simple ways of conversing take us back to the original point of technology, to constantly amaze us and create or strengthen relationships between people. And when you get the unlikely opportunity to see social media help form a connection with Earth and Space, we get reminded of the real reason why “Tweet.”