“Tweets in Space beams Twitter discussions from participants worldwide towards GJ667Cc – an exoplanet 22 light years away that might support earth-like biological life. Simply add #tweetsinspace to your texts during the allotted performance times, as part of the International Symposium on Electronic Art in New Mexico (ISEA2012). We will collect your tweets and transmit them into deep space via a high-powered radio messaging system.”
Tweets in Space exploded into an online phenomenon months before launch: just as we began fundraising for the transmission in April 2012. This started with coverage on Forbes.com, Scientific American (twice), the NY Daily News, and Time.com, and continued to proliferate via BBC Radio 4, The Daily Mail, in the blogosophere, twitterverse and mainstream press in the weeks leading up to performance time. Of note are also The Daily Dot (2012), Wired (2012), Washington Post (2012), Wisconsin Public Radio (2012), Furtherfield (2012), The Sunday Guardian (2012),Chip Chick, Twitchy, The Escapist, DVice, Twittermania, Media Bistro, Mashable.com and the Journal Sentinel – the lattermost of which originally broke the story. A complete list of original articles with links (not including reblogs) is available at tweetsinspace.org.