A Timeline of Cameron's Dive & the Power of Twitter
- Admittedly, I had border lined on indifference about Cameron's dive to Marianas Trench. Luckily, para_sight had been pushing and had ample enthusiasm for the both of us.
- After running errands yesterday (a very pedestrian necessity of a deep-sea biologists life), I checked into Twitter and realized James Cameron had started his descent.
- For the next couple hours, I cannot describe what overcome me. I imagine I share the same feeling as those who witnessed the moon landing , Beebe's descent in the Bathyscape, or Picard and Walsh's original descent into the Challenger Deep. I was captivated. I could not refresh my Twitter app fast enough to keep with @JimCameron, @DeepChallenge, @PaulGAllen, and the 1000's tweeting under the hashtag #deepseachallenge. To fuel my information hunger I had Twitter on both my iPad and iPhone going. I was captivated as I witnessed this feat and shared the feat with a community of thousands on Twitter.
- I have never been one to understand people's fascination with sports teams. The hanging on to every second of a NCAA tournament game. I could not understand how they felt like a participant even when they were not actually playing the game. And even though yesterday I did not dive into Marianas trench, there is emotional tie to Cameron's dive. I feel as I was a participant.I continued to await any news
- As time passed. I exchanged Tweets with my deep-sea science colleagues answering their questions.
- Libby Ross and Tammy Horton (two excellent deep-sea biologists), Al and I speculated on what Cameron might find.
- Then we waited and eagerly consumed more news.
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