There’s So Much That We Share That Its Time We’re Aware…

…it’s a small world after all.

Now, once you’re done cursing me for sticking that song in your head…last night something amazing happened, and it hit me how big this whole “web 2.0, social media, blah blah blah” stuff is.

My Sister-in-law had a baby. On the surface, not such an earth shattering thing. I mean, yes a miracle and all that, but not exactly unheard of in this day and age. The thing is, she’s in Germany. Her husband, my brother-in-law, is stationed in Iraq. My father-in-law and mother-in-law were en route from West Virginia to Germany and my family and I are in California.

I might need a diagram for that.

Somewhere around lunchtime the West Virginia contingent landed in Germany and somewhere around dinnertime they were off to the hospital. Somewhere around desert time my phone rang and a baby had been born. Relatives needed to be alerted and a father needed to be found in Iraq. Mind you I was online with a Canadian and on the phone with a Bostonian.

So emails were sent, calls were made, skypes were attempted, and twitters were pushed out into the universe because I was too excited to remember what the time difference was in Iraq or, apparently, how to google.

By bedtime, I was congratulating Dad the soldier via webcam and getting a tour of his room in the Middle East.

I had spoken to people all over the globe over one tiny little girl.

I wasn’t doing business. I wasn’t blogginig. I wasn’t connecting with old friends or reading techie news. I was simply celebrating life.

So I’m done with talk of ‘what is web 2.0?’ and ‘what is social media?’

It’s life.

The end.

Comments

  1. Brilliantly said.

    I love the communities being built via Twitter and all. It’s just awesome.

  2. Queen of Spain says:

    I would like to point out the first comment on this post is from a 17-year old in Singapore.

    See what I mean????????????????

  3. Well done and congrats! The media web doesn’t have to be about building new communities. It can be about keeping together the ones ya got!

  4. Well done and beautifully put. Congrats to you and your family!!

    Shash

  5. Fabulous! All this technology still amazes me on a daily basis, what a wonderful story of making the best use of it!

    Thanks for befriending me on Twitter – I adore the connections I make there!

    Best wishes for a wonderful day!

  6. The main reason I started blogging and posting my son’s picture everyday was because of our family being all over the world. When my dad was stationed in Iraq he was able to log on every day and see his grandson growing up. I love the internet and how much closer I feel to my family because of it.

  7. I love it. I’ve been contemplating the whole “Web 2.0″ crap in my brain lately. Not in a positive light, really. More in the “sucked in” type of thing. But this post? Is why the Internet and all the tools available to us rock. It’s not just about connecting strangers. It’s about making them family and reaching out to family too far to touch.

    Congratulations to your family on the new arrival!!

  8. Perfect! This is real life in our crazy inter-connected world.

  9. Very nicely to the point. What you said!

  10. Yes, isn’t the Internet wonderful? And that song really has become relevant:)

  11. Mazel tov!

  12. Congrats! Let me know if we can send a little extra support to your brother and his unit in Iraq. It would be our pleasure!

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