I used to think I was gregarious on account of all the socialising I used to do. Maybe I was and have just mellowed into being an introvert. Or maybe, I used to pretend to be an extrovert in order to be liked. Now that I have my children I don’t feel the need to do that anymore. Why am I telling you this? Well, because, I sit at home writing all day and most of my socialising is done here on the intermaweb. That’s not a complaint. I enjoy it. And I love my solitude when the girls are at school. (Yes, yes, I know I should be hoovering.)
My point being, that none of my ‘new’ socialising would be possible without the world wide web. And, whom do we have to thank for that? Well, Sir Tim Berners Lee, of course. (And, maybe one or two others at CERN.)
One of the many wonderful things the WWW has done has slashed borders. Look at the Arab Spring. Look at Madeline McCann and all the other lost children whom we repost and retweet about even though we don’t know them. We do it in the hope that someone in our six degrees of separation, might be able to help.
You’ll probably all agree, that the WWW is one of the single greatest inventions ever to be bestowed upon humankind.
No longer are we bound by publishers as to what we can and cannot find out. Whether that be across the road at number 22, or across the world at, er… number 23.
Accessing hitherto inaccessible information. The sharing of information instantly. Communicating with people in real time that would otherwise take hours, days or weeks.
It is mind-boggling to comprehend the effect the World Wide Web has had in empowering the everyday man, woman and child in their quest for knowledge.
So, thank you, Mr Berners-Lee. I am very grateful.