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Technology is Changing Everything

Hawaii had quite the weekend, with the eyes of the world watching to see what the tsunami would bring. We’re grateful that there was no loss of life, or even damage to property… and it was great to see the coordination of the State and local officials to effect such a successful and efficient evacuation.

My wife and I were in Los Angeles for a wedding… and despite the fact that we didn’t have television where we were staying, I was able to stream all of the local news stations online and, perhaps even more impressive, watch information and links to resources pour into Twitter.  The conversation around the tsunami emerged as the leading topic of conversation on Twitter.  People sent in photographs, links to buoy readings in the Pacific, videos of the ocean as the series of waves came ashore.  It was an incredible testament of the power of the information age.

Here’s a recent video that illustrates the growing number of internet use and social networking.  The numbers referenced are astounding.

JESS3 / The State of The Internet from Jesse Thomas on Vimeo.

Even as I type this blog post, I’m sitting on a jet airliner 30,000 in the air, using a wi-fi connection. Incredible.

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