An influx of TwitPics of the launch, from backyards to beaches in southern and central Florida, appeared to crash TwitPic.com momentarily, but the site is now back up and running.
@jefferygilbert (Orlando, Fla.): Just watched shuttle launch from Orlando. Awesome! http://twitpic.com/2529o
@LisaH (Sarasota, Fla.): http://twitpic.com/25258 - OMFG! MY BACKYARD!!!!!!!
@Tim846 (Sarasota, Fla.): the view of STS119 from Sarasota! http://twitpic.com/2523d
@heathscott (Ocala, Fla.): One of the benefits of living in Florida. SPACE ROCKETS!!! http://twitpic.com/2525v
@imajeanyus (Tampa, Fla.): http://twitpic.com/2525g - This is how clear I can see the shuttle launch. Awesome!!!
Links to live streaming video of the shuttle launch also made there way around Twitter, such as this one, which was retweeted several times:
@motionblur (Canada): Watch the Space Shuttle launch live right now: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/spacevidcast #nasa
The stream produced this image as a result of the sunlight: