Bitcoin, Twitter, and the New Global Community

Bitcoin, the world's first digital currency.

Bitcoin, the world’s first digital currency.

I’m reading A Beautiful Anarchy, by Jeffrey Tucker, which has me completely pumped for the future’s possibilities.  Tucker does a masterful job of painting a big picture of how technological advances are increasingly expanding our communities to global proportions.  Technology has given us a platform where we can easily participate in whichever communities we please; from Craigslist, to Etsy, Facebook, Goodreads, Pintrist, or any of a zillion niche communities for every personality and interest imaginable.

Reading Tucker’s book makes me realize just how dramatic and beautiful this big picture is.  And the fact that the splendor of this big picture eluded me before is perhaps the biggest reason I am now so strongly convinced that he’s right.  The power of this newly forming global community comes precisely because it is happening so naturally, so nonchalantly, so unassumingly.

We’re a few taps away from sharing our new favorite song with a friend in Germany, getting a recipe from an acquaintance in Korea, or discussing our thoughts on gun control with an activist group in Australia, yet this seems normal to us.

Check out TweetPing.net, a stunning nighttime view of the globe which lights up real-time with every tweet!

TweetPing snapshot of real-time Twitter communication.

TweetPing snapshot of real-time Twitter communication.

 

Check out Bitcoin, a decentralized, digital currency backed by an exponentially growing community that enables Juan in Mexico to pay Shakhar in Israel for a programming job well-done without any bank fees, currency exchanges, ACH delays, or borders.  The implications of a global currency that enables free, global, real-time transactions are blowing my tiny mind.


A new global community is taking shape so subtly, so naturally, we hardly realize it’s happening.  But think about it.  It’s a new community.  The biggest one that this world has ever had.  I’m a firm believer in the power of community.  I believe in the power of human connection.  I anxiously await to see how our ever accelerating connectedness reshapes the world for the better in the next several years.

Here’s a link to a free copy of A Beautiful Anarchy, by Jeffrey Tucker, published under Creative Commons.

If you’re interested in getting your hands on some Bitcoins (which have gone up some 600% in the last year, and some 100% in just the last month) I would recommend creating a free wallet with Blockchain, and buying some Bitcoins with a service like MtGox or Coinbase.  I would also recommend enabling all the extra security features these services offer, like 2-step verification.

“You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.  I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.” – John Lennon, Imagine

See you around the community!

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