I hope everyone has a friend like my friend Pamela. She is often the person who pushes me, prompts me, and challenges me to do something I would otherwise neglect to do. She seems to hear things differently when I speak to her: she hears opportunity and idea. I just hear my voice ranting or raving about the topic ‘du jour’ that has me all fired up.
This morning Pamela told me to go write my next blog post, which was related to a recent tweet I sent out (actually a RT from Posterous):
My conversation with Pamela went something like this: I told her that up until now, I never really understood why the email-to-post option in Posterous was such a key selling feature. Same with WordPress for that matter. I did it once, from my iPhone, and thought ok sure, it is *neat* that you can send an email to write a blog post, but when would I really do that? I am typing this post in Posterous right now, it would be just plain silly to do it up as an email and send it in, wouldn’t it? And as far as my iPhone goes, well for heaven’s sake, THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT! I have a Posterous app on my phone, so again, emailing a post just seems like a very unlikely, redundant, non-value added feature. Period.
Then I go and read Posterous’ post in the original tweet. Slowly the reality sits in.
- Sure, I can access Twitter, Facebook, Posterous, WordPress, etc. in my Internet browser.
- Sure, I can post directly in Posterous or WordPress.
- Sure, I can hop on Twitter or Facebook at the drop of a hat and update my (ir)relevant status whenever I want.
- Sure, I live in a bubble world.
The reality is, millions of people don’t have this luxury. Millions of people sit behind firewalls where Twitter, Facebook, Posterous, WordPress, etc. are not accessible. Millions of people view a sanitized version of Google search results, in what I would call an “on- and off-again mood-swinging” relationship with a certain global power.
My ignorance never seizes to amaze me. I take things for granted, I overlook important details, I trust and find comfort in my bubble world. But I am thankful that sometimes, just sometimes, my eyes are opened wide enough for me to re-examine a situation and become more in tune with the injustices around me (us). And, I am thankful, so very thankful, that there are people on this plane with more insight and vision than me, to build technological capabilities to give truly free, open, access to those not living in a bubble. And more importantly, to give a voice to the voiceless when they need it the most.
This is me humbly saying thank-you Posterous, and the rest of you, who have created a feature that people like me don’t need to care about, but others depend on. Good on ya’.