So here’s an example of outside the box thinking, an Astronaut this week used his Foursquare account to check-in from the International Space Station. For his efforts Doug Wheelock unlocked the “NASA Explorer Badge.”
Okay, so maybe you can get the badge in the future, with plans underway to unlock the badge at NASA related events, but let’s be honest, your NASA badge won’t be even one-tenth as cool as Wheelock’s. Like I said, you might get it, but will you ever really deserve it?
The check-in wasn’t a random act, NASA and Foursquare used the event to announce their new partnership, including a new NASA Foursquare page. By using the page you can check-in at NASA related events and then receiving information about those events, almost like a virtual guide delivered right to your mobile device.
With Astronauts Tweeting from space for over one year and NASA hosting their own mobile apps, the move shows that NASA is definitely serious in every facet of social media, which is probably a good thing, after all if you are trying to contact aliens across the universe, you should probably also make sure to stay in touch with humans here on earth.