Astrophysicist, prolific Tweeter and Internet favorite Neil deGrasse Tyson had a pretty busy Christmas, which – depending on your level of online and/or social media engagement – you may or may not be aware of.
Those three Tweets appeared in relatively short order on Christmas Day, and the one referencing Isaac Newton became Tyson’s most-retweeted Tweet ever.
Tyson Tweeted the above on Dec. 26, after the hubbub surrounding his Christmas tweets had reached critical mass.
Tyson analyzed his Tweet in a lengthy Facebook message he posted the evening of the 26th and Tweeted out the 27th.
“A few facts: My average re-tweet rate falls between 2,500 and 3,500. My fun tweets can go somewhat higher – up to 10,000. My boring tweets barely break 1,000. The Newton Christmas day tweet, as of this writing – a day after posting – is rising through 62,000 re-tweets.”
“I wonder if you are as astonished by this fact as I am. For example, I’ve made direct reference to Jesus in previous tweets that have not come close to this number. How about:”
“Posted September 7, 2014, that one garnered 13,000 re-tweets. So I can honestly say that I don’t understand the breadth and depth of reaction to the Newton tweet, relative to all my other tweets over the years.”
Tyson closed his Facebook post with a winking reference to the controversy: After the New Year, he wrote, “I’ll be Tweeting about Earth’s perihelion [the point at which the planet’s orbit brings it closest to the sun].”
“Just a head’s up in case people want to avert their eyes over that one.”
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