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Is ET using Twitter? Scientists claim aliens are likely to be sending short messages from space

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posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 04:45 AM

Sometimes it seems as if the expansion of the social networking phenomenon knows no bounds.

And now scientists say even aliens might not be immune to Twitter.

They could have been using cosmic 'tweets' to contact us for decades, researchers claim - but we have been missing them.

While any 'lost in space' messages wouldn't exactly be restricted to 140 characters, as on the website, a study suggests ET is more likely to send out short, directed messages than continuous signals beamed in all directions.

The reason?

Because alien civilisations are likely to strive to limit waste and make their signalling technology efficient.

'This approach is more like Twitter and less like War and Peace,' said Dr James Benford, a physicist and president of Microwave Sciences.Writing in the journal Astrobiology, the Benfords said alien signals would not be blasted out in all directions but narrowly directed in the one to ten gigahertz broadband signal range.

SETI's search is like a lighthouse sweeping the galactic plane, say the brothers, but that could leave many days when brief Twitter-like bursts of 'here we are' flashes from alien civilisations go undetected.
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Basically these astrophysicists have stated that scientists involved in America's Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, or SETI, may have been taking the wrong approach for five decades.

It could be interesting to see which approach, if any, is the more successful. I suppose only time will tell.

They also make the valid point that these signals should be directed towards the centre of the galaxy in particular seeing as the stars there are billions of years older than our sun - meaning there is a greater chance of making contact with advanced civilisations.

[edit on 22/7/10 by LiveForever8]

posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 04:50 AM
this basically sounds like an advertisiment for Twitter.

I for one hated the article.

Nothing against the poster though.

posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 04:57 AM
The likes of Twitter/ Facebook/Google etc will do anything it takes to get more followers. Look at the crap that google pics that have paraded around the press.

News was saturated yesterday about somebody was about to become the 500million person to join facebook. Who gives a rats. Twitter are just countering this story.

(Actaully must say , good work by Twitter to be on the ball so quickly and get them back in the press so quickly after facebooks saturation yesterday.)

[edit on 22-7-2010 by JohnySeagull]

posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 05:00 AM
Sorry, but there's already a thread on this, and on the front page no less :p

Benford Beacons - A Better Alternative To SETI's Approach For Detecting ET?

posted on Jul, 23 2010 @ 09:37 AM
OBVIOUSLY I got E.T. on my Facebook page he got grounded for not coming home on time.

posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 06:34 AM
reply to post by Gentill Abdulla

reply to LiveForever8


Definitely Silver Certificates for:

Best Thread Ever Award!!


Best Reply Ever Award!!

posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 06:49 AM

posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 09:08 AM
Reptilian 1 and EBE are now friends

Reptilian 1 is lol'ing at those dumb humans and their strange ways

EBE is enjoying a vacation on Phobos
EBE thinks the Reptilian race are nearly as stupid as the humans!

Reptilian 1 and EBE are no longer friends

Hmmm can't see it personally!

posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 09:16 AM

ET wants to go home

ET likes earth
Bob Lazar, CIA, and 3 others like this

ET needs your help on farmville

ET wants to be your farmville neighbor...

I seriously hope the aliens aren't tweeting or Spaceboking (sorry Had to make that joke). It just proves there isn't much intelligence in the universe.

posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 09:20 AM
This is just another reason for some degenerate to post threads in ATS claiming they are aliens sending us a message in an attempt to spread their philosophy.

Another reason for a poster to talk down to everyone else because we are all idiots and need guidance from the poster claiming to be ET.

Oh wait....Thats ATS right now!


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