On the 27th of November, 2008, terrorists attacked Mumbai, India. They hit several places and killed 80 people (at the time of this post), and wounding many more.
I first heard about this through MSN via my girlfriend, who sent me a news link. Twitter lit up, several tweets about people’s reactions to the news, and with one of those tweets, a link to live CNN footage streaming online direct from Mumbai. A quick look on Google trends showed that the news of the events in India have circled the globe in less than 24 hours.
I saw this as well during the US Presidential elections, and it was even more intense. Twitter was non-stop tweeting about the various speeches and states, every major international news site had a streaming video and up to date Flash based maps for voting, and Google trends was all about the election and Prop 8. I was watching live footage of Obama’s and McCain’s speeches, and footage from Kenya.
I felt it then, and I feel it now: overwhelming awe.
The growth of the internet since 1983, away from a purely academic/military network with text only media, to today with streaming video and interactive content, has truly made our world a global community.
Working day to day on the internet, creating websites to further the individual causes of various people, it’s easy to lose site of how awesome the internet really is, and how interconnected everything is these days.
It’s nice to be able to take a step back.