It’s the time of year where we’d like to give a little thanks. Since we hold a close relationship with technology, we figured it’d be fun asking some of our customers what technology they are most thankful for this year. And, shockingly, the number one technology just happened to be: the Internet.
The Internet tops our list of technologies we are thankful for. It has given us the power of connection like never before, while spearheading globalization at a faster pace than we ever imagined possible. How did the world shrink so quickly? The powerhouse of the Internet brought about game-changing messaging. And, while we love to hate emails, we have yet to learn how to live without them. Let’s be honest, does anyone even remember what we did before? It came in an envelope and required a sticker? Hmmmm something called snail mail? The Internet has also given us a little beauty we like to call YouTube.
Which, in turn, has given us the guilty dog videos that we can’t resist watching over and over again, as well as a new breed of celebrities that would never have seen the light of day otherwise (not sure how thankful we are for that…). And, what about THE Google? We rely on it so heavily that it has become part of our vocabulary. When is the last time you asked someone if they search for something? We guarantee you almost always say ‘did you google it?’ Google brings structure and meaning to the Internet by taking the information we want to find and organizing it.
Plus, without Google there would be no Google Maps, and no one to yell at you when you miss that turn. And, it’s also critical to point out that we don’t find the fact that Google Maps offers us satellite visuals of nearly every destination creepy…yet. We also have online shopping, thanks to the Internet, where we can all practice spending our money without having to step a toe out of our home. Harsh, we know, but don’t deny that you’ve enjoyed multiple days in your PJs on your couch purchasing items at a price that can’t be beat. We’re not here to judge!
While the Internet has given us hundreds, thousands, even millions more amazing things (we could probably spend forever blogging about it), we’re truly thankful to this particular technology for enabling us to be part of the cloud.
The days of paper cuts and getting your fingers smashed in a good ole’ filing cabinet are long gone. We don’t even have to think that far back — remember floppy discs and having such a beast of a time editing or sharing documents? The cloud has given us Google Drive, Salesforce, and Samanage (shameless plug, we couldn’t help it).
So, thank you Internet, for helping make us become connected, more productive, spend money more easily, create new businesses, and so much more.
About Danielle Livy
Danielle is the Senior Director, Marketing, ITSM at SolarWinds. She has wide-ranging experience in content production, social media marketing, public relations, and brand messaging. Her happy place is sitting by the lake with a cold beverage in hand, with the occasional water ski session.
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