“U up?” The time-proven pickup line opened up a now viral late-night chat. At 12:01 AM Earth time, Twitter decided it was the perfect moment to score itself a date with a heavenly party. NASA replied and 101K Twitter users became witnesses of a very unusual rendezvous.
The two “influencers” in their own league talked over favorite snacks, Wi-Fi connection, and the launch of the NASA rover Perseverance in July. The cheeky chat couldn’t have ended better as the month was set for a date night watching the launch, eating popcorn, and getting a moon, you two. Or rather, Mars.
Twitter has tried to pick up NASA in this cheeky late-night chat that’s gone viral
NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover is set to launch in July of 2020 and expected to land on the red planet on February 18, 2021. Its main job is to seek signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples to possibly bring back to Earth.
According to NASA’s statement, “Perseverance will also test new technology for future robotic and human missions to the Red Planet.” It has a set of sensors built in for gathering data and a new autonomous navigation system that allows the rover to drive faster in difficult terrain. Find out more about the mission on NASA’s website right here.
It’s been speculated that the cheeky chat was a publicity stunt showing off Twitter’s new feature that would allow people to control who can reply to their tweets. That would explain why there were no replies on the viral thread that got 32.8K retweets and 101.1K likes.
According toSocial Media Today, there are four different options that you can “tailor” your Tweet with. The global one means anyone can reply; the group feature allows only people that you follow or mention to reply; the panel lets only those people that you directly mention within the tweet reply; and the statement option allows no tweet replies altogether.
Kayvon Beykpour, the VP of product at Twitter, said that the primary motivation is control. “We want to build on the theme of authors getting more control and we’ve thought… that there are many analogs of how people have communications in life.”
This is how people reacted to the very unusual rendezvous