Twenty-five years ago today the Internet as we know it emerged from the birth canal that is Tim-Berners Lee brain. Well, actually, the first webpage was created the year before but it was August 23, 1991 when it became available to the public.
Two years ago the Ice Bucket Challenge was all over the internet. This saw people dumping buckets of ice water over their heads to raise awareness and funds for ALS research. Yesterday we found out that the University of Massachusetts Medical School has discovered one of the genes responsible for ALS and that they did so using money raised by the Ice Bucket Challenge.
This is a great example of where clicktivism can have impact: coordinating many small individual actions (donations) and funneling them towards a larger, real-world action (medical research).
Obama's 2012 Reddit AMA may have made headlines but it wasn't the first time the President answered the Internet's questions. Back in 1999 Bill Clinton held an internet town hall. It's entertaining for the facial expressions alone.
Street Cents was my afterschool jam back in the day.