I was sitting in my pj's in front of the window this morning, and got an email from Sue in Luanda, Angola. I answered and less than two minutes later, I got a reply.
It made me think of the time, back in 1994, when I was working in Angola. My family was in Belgium. The only way I could communicate with them was by fax (if the telephone lines and the electricity worked) or by radio. Often days, weeks would go by without contact.
In the first hour I got up today:
- I exchanged Emails with people in Angola, Sudan and Zambia
- I updated a spreadsheet on Google Apps shared with three people (I don't even know where they are in the world, I think one is in Nepal)
- Twittered with three people in the USA, UK and Tajikistan
- Had a Skype exchange with my friend at the Gaza/Egypt border
- Read an update from a friend in Afghanistan
- Checked a comment on our forum from a reader in Mexico
- Looked at a video posted at the Davos World Economic Forum about food security
- Saw that while I was sleeping, my blog was read by 763 people from 66 countries