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NASA Launches Instagram Account
By: Jessica Cherok
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NASA has an Instagram account. Time to look at pictures of space!

And really, it’s about time we heard something the government is doing online that doesn’t include spying on us.

According to a NASA official, "We've been on Instagram for a while, but I wish we were on it sooner. Sometimes the government doesn't move as fast, but I think it's a great platform for us as we evolve and are trying to reach a different demographic and audience."

In addition to the Instagram account, NASA’s Curiosity Rover has an entertaining Twitter account, especially since it tweets in the first person. The agency also uses Flickr, YouTube, Facebook, and other social media sites.

It’s true that they have been slow to adopt these social technologies, but the move is still a good one. After all, if we’re going to keep kids interested in science, we need to meet them where they are. Obviously, the next step for NASA would be to start a Tumblr blog.

NASA isn’t the only government agency getting social. And some of them are doing it really well, even humorously. In 2011 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted a blog, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse,” which was both hilarious and informative.

While local governments and their representatives have an easier time being fun with their social media interactions, let’s hope this high-level government usage continues.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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