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NASA Tweetup – going with the flow!

After being selected to be a part of the NASA Tweetup, I realize how much I do not know!  I am excited to learn. With all the past participants who have posted on FaceBook and Twitter helpful hints, I know my journey will be an opportunity of a Lifetime!!!

Did you know that 4,100 people applied to be part of this NASA Tweetup?  NASA selected 150 to participate.  It was a random selection.  The people were selected from all over the world.  I am very excited to meet them.  I have learned how to properly contact the local media…thanks to Jennifer Huber.  She also was selected for this wonderful event.  I will post my Media Release. The past participants have been there for all of us.  We post questions and they are right there.  They have given us advice on the right lens for our cameras.  Did you know that you can rent a lens for your camera instead of buying one from  I also need to know if I have all the right Tweeting equipment.  Will I just need my Mac or will I also need my Ipad?  Is my camera good enough?  What about a video camera?  Is my phone the right phone? (Actually, I wanted an Iphone….so know I had the perfect excuse!) What about a place to stay? Some of our group are going to rent a house together instead of a hotel….actually the are several houses.  I am very lucky to have a relative that lives near Kennedy Space Center.  I will be crashing with them for a few days. How am I going to get there?  Can someone come with me?  Can I get time off of work?

On top of all that logistical stuff, what about my lack of knowledge about the Space Shuttle and NASA.  I have been reading, watching videos, websites and watching movies.  I have noticed that I am on Twitter a whole lot more. I have decided that I am going to focus on the personal experience.  I plan on talking to my fellow tweeps to learn their stories also learn more about our speakers.

Once I think I have things under control……they delay the launch!  Need to make sure all of the plans that I made will still be okay for the new launch date.  This is not an option…..I AM GOING TO BE THERE!!!!


Posted by on April 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

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Media Release


CONTACT: Carol Adams

Tel: 919-632-1433


Wake County Resident is One of 150 Selected to Attend NASA Tweetup, April 28 – 29, 2011

NASA Twitter Followers Will Tweet Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Last Launch

Knightdale, NC (April 05, 2011) – NASA will bring together 150 Twitter followers to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a two-day Tweetup, April 28 – 29, 2011, during the final launch of space shuttle Endeavour. Wake County resident Carol Adams has been selected as one of 150 @NASA Twitter followers to attend and Tweet the event. Endeavour is targeted to launch on April 29 at 3:47 p.m. EDT on mission STS-134 to the International Space Station.

As a NASA Tweetup attendee, Adams and the other 149 Twitterers will interact with NASA shuttle technicians, engineers, astronauts, managers and NASA’s social media team as well as tour the Kennedy Space Center and view the shuttle launch from the media area. Attendees were selected through a lottery system in which more than 4,100 @NASA Twitter followers applied.

“Being selected for the NASA Tweetup is an incredible honor especially since the space shuttle program is winding down,” Adams said, “I remember watching the first steps on the moon as a child and now being asked to document this event is a dream come true! Being part of the NASA Tweetup means I’ll meet people who make the space shuttle program successful, and interact with fellow Tweetup attendees from all over the world. Through Twitter, I’ll be sharing the incredible experience with my followers by composing informative Tweets no longer than 140-characters and posting photos and videos.”

Adams is a long time resident of Knightdale.  Adams will bring an everyday perspective to an extraordinary event.  Follow her Tweets at

NASA Tweetup attendees are traveling from across the U.S. and the globe to attend this historic event. A list of registered Twitter attendees can be found on the NASA Tweetup Twitter account:

Information about the NASA Tweetup can be viewed at

Note About Endeavour’s Launch Date

The date of Endeavour’s launch will be official after the Flight Readiness Review, scheduled for April 19.  If the launch date moves or is delayed prior to April 29, NASA will make every attempt to adjust the Tweetup schedule accordingly to coincide with the launch.


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The Journey Continues – Being Selected

I was selected to be a member of the NASA Tweetup group April 18 and 19th to watch the Space Shuttle Launch of Endeavour!!!!

It all began with an account with Twitter.  Our son, Mike, encouraged me to set up an account.  Why, I am not exactly sure….Who even cares what I think.  I don’t even know the lingo!  What is a tweet?  How do I post something?  Who do I follow?  What do I say?  What is a DM? I just don’t understand!  Who sees what I post?  So much to know, so much to understand!

Don’t worry about it Mom, just do it!  So I did.  So forgive me Tweeps if I do something wrong.  This is all trial and error!  I am here to have some fun!

So I followed Mike, Jim and Emmy (my husband and daughter).  I followed some celebrities.  I used the suggested “Who to follow”.  I tried searching for things that interested me.  So that is where it began.  Slow!

Then my son, Mike, was selected to be part of the Tweetup group to watch the last launch for the Space Shuttle Atlantis.  Wow, what an honor!  He was so excited!  I was so proud of him.  I followed his tweets and posts while he was there.

So the next time NASA was accepting applications for the next Space Shuttle Launch Tweetup, we all applied!  No luck…well, we really did not expect to be selected anyway. Don’t they select NASA nuts, people who use Twitter all the time???

Once again, NASA sent out another post that it was time to apply again for another Launch.  Oh well, it is worth a try.  But really, out of thousands of applicants, why would I be one of the lucky ones?

I return from work one day and my husband said “Well, I received my email today and I was not selected for the launch.”

My response to him was, “Well, that is so sad for you but I feel lucky today!!!!”  Since I do not check my personal email at work, I opened my email.  At first glance I did not notice anything from NASA.  But at closer inspection, I saw an email STS-134 NASA Tweetup CONFIRMATION!

I opened it and started reading:

Dear Carol Adams,

Congratulations, your registration has been selected to attend the NASA Tweetup at space shuttle Endeavour’s targeted launch April 18-19 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida! The event will provide you the opportunity to speak with shuttle technicians, engineers, astronauts, and managers, and to experience the launch of space shuttle Endeavour to the International Space Station.

After reading several times, I made Jim read it to make sure it was true!  After screaming and jumping up and down, I called Mike.  He was so excited for me.  Of course, the first thing he did was send out a tweet!  Boy, do I have a lot to learn!

I need to get up to speed on how to tweet correctly, how to post pictures, how to live tweet (which is apparently different than just tweeting), how to retweet.  Also I need to get better at blogging.  I need to learn more about the space program, Endeavour, NASA and a whole lot more.  I need to make travel and lodging arrangements. I need to ask for time off of work…because this in not an option….I AM GOING!!!!  Do I have the right stuff to record this wonderful, once in a lifetime experience!!!!

Someone pinch me…..I am going to be a guest of NASA to share my experience of the last Space Shuttle Launch of Endeavour!

PS. At this point, I think I have a total of maybe 40 followers on Twitter!


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Moving Into the Age of Social Media

It all started with my daughter, Emmy, leaving for Spain to study abroad for six months.  We needed a way to communicate.  We decided Facebook would be an easy and inexpensive way to go.  We also opened accounts on AIM and Skype.  Emmy, of course, had to introduce us to use all of these new forms of communication.  I loved being able to see her face when she was so far away!  We would chat and see pictures that she posted of all of the places she traveled.

When she returned, I kept all my accounts active.  I discovered that I could reconnect with friends from my past.  We moved from the town I was raised in the early eighties.  I lost contact with most of my childhood friends.  What a blessing to know when a major event happens in their lives.  I was able to let a friend’s mother know what she meant to me as I was growing up before she passed.  Send birthday wishes, tease each other on getting older and remind each other of old times.

My son, Mike, is the one who encouraged my husband, Jim, and I to start a blog about our backyard farm.  We recently started raising chickens.  We put in some square foot gardens.  We struggle with making the time to blog.  Mike is always telling us that people are interested in what we are doing, so we try to  think of things we find interesting to blog about.

Mike is also on the leading edge of technology.  As a web developer, part of his position is to test and he is encouraged to explore social media.  Mike is very active on Twitter.  Mike also encouraged us to join.  He is always going to Tweetup Meetings.  He meets interesting people.  Mike was even selected to watch and report on the NASA Space Shuttle Launch of Atlantis.  What a wonderful honor!

So this is the beginning of my own journey into the land of Social Media……more posts to follow!


Posted by on April 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

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