Twitter is down..... Launch Pad is up!

Seems that Twitter is down again. Ugh. It happens sometimes, I know. And sadly, this interruption in service means that you, loyal reader, are not getting the Google Lunar X PRIZE info you crave.

Well, let me assure you that such outages need not be a concern.

For those who have no idea who I am (which I'm guessing is a lot of you, unless you were a diehard reader of The Pomerantz Report), allow me to give a brief introduction to, well, me, and to help you understand exactly why I'm here.

My name is Mike Fabio. I grew up in the Great White North, moved to Beantown, and currently reside in Tinseltown. I spent my college years at a small school that you may have heard of, where I got a bachelor's degree in Music (yep, they have degrees in all the humanities), followed by a masters in Media Arts and Sciences.

As you can probably guess, I'm not a space geek. Well, at least not in the traditional sense. I've never worked in the space industry, didn't study it in school, and I've never been to a shuttle launch.

So why am I here?

Well, in a nutshell, I'm here because I believe that the Google Lunar X PRIZE is something that you, the unwashed masses (well, actually, my statistics show that you are in fact quite well groomed) need to know about. It's something you need to care about.

Officially my job at the X PRIZE Foundation is that of Google Liaison. This is a misnomer, as my real job entails communicating with you, the public, the goals, dreams, the passion of this PRIZE.

So what does this have to do with Twitter? Well, it's all about you, really. See, the public likes to get their information through a variety of channels. Once upon a time, long before I was even born, the whole world gathered around this big box in their living room with bright, shiny pictures on it, and watched a couple of guys step off some kind of crazy contraption and utter the memorable words "One small step..." But today, that's all changed. We are bombarded by media. We've got Facebook and MySpace, and Twitter and Pownce. We've got 800 television channels, and most major radio markets have a station on nearly every frequency. Books and comics and magazines aren't exactly dead, they just smell funny. We've replaced our magazines with RSS feeds and blogs, replaced our CDs with MP3s and podcasts, replaced our televisions with YouTube. We are, as you well know, in the thick of a massively convergent media landscape, and we are forced to sift through the noise to find a glimpse of signal.

My job is to make sure that that little bit of signal we produce at the X PRIZE delivers to you the information, news, and entertainment you want. On your terms, using the tools you like. If you want to read blogs, we've got one. If you are a Facebook addict, we've got you covered. Or if you love to get all of your information in 140 characters or less, you can do that too. Streaming video? Check. RSS? Yep. Lifestreaming? You bet. Maps and charts and images? Yep. It's all there, for you. And I hope it's useful.

We want you to be a part of the competition. This is not simply a new race to the Moon. This is a full-on experience, meant to engage and stimulate the minds of a new generation of space geeks, not limited to any age or race or gender, but united by a passion to explore beyond our own planet. It's about you.

You can, of course, follow along using any media you like. But what's really important is that you get involved. Send us a message on Twitter! Got some thoughts on forming a team? Put your thoughts on the forums! Have a great T-shirt design for our new store? Send us the image on Pownce, or upload it to the Facebook group. Whatever your medium, whatever your passion, we want to hear from you. Join the revolution!

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