We're not the first, nor will we be the last. According to one source Web Sites are currently doubling in number, size and scope every 57 days, with an estimated one BILLION users by the year 2000. There is already a great deal to see and to enjoy, and now, we step forward to join the rest of our World Wide friends in a sharing of communication unparalleled in human history. ( I'm not sure that the one BILLION number hasn't been reached already ? )
IT'S AN 80,000,000 WAY STREET ( This number has doubled since SoCô¿ôL was born. )
Much more than a two-way street. Communication on the Web is an 80,000,000 way street and growing every day.
These are the words that began the SoCô¿ôL Vision Page, May 22, 1995. The fascinating thing is that the 'predictions' of even this 'practiced' progrnosticator were fairly quickly exceeded. The Internet as of this writing in January of 1999, is now a 200 or 300 or 400 million way street. Animations are no longer new, but commonplace. Huge directories and robots not only search the INTERNET for anything you might want to find, but store it for future reference, seemingly forever.
Our purpose is to participate to the fullest extent possible in the sharing "out" as well as "inviting" our individual and collective friends from AROUND THE GLOBE and AROUND THE CORNER. Ours is a wonderful place as we believe is yours. We look forward one on one, and in groups to discovering each other.
In the three plus years, SoCô¿ôL has built over 1,000 pathways. We've had our ups and downs, but mostly ups, as you will see if you examine SoCô¿ôL closely.
In the space of those three plus years, we have devoted 18 hours a day to publishing Web pages, and we've devoted none, as our desires and abilities have led. We've gone from 3 or 4 pieces of EMail per day, to well over a hundred. We've gone from being excited about 5 hits a day, to being excited by 5,000. The sites that we reference have grown immensely in both quality and quantity, and we're sure they will do so again, as the INTERNET now becomes a repetitive and daily household and business tool.
It includes all these things because more and more people have realized and developed the ability to PARTICIPATE in the results produced for each of us by this new tool.
Many years ago, SoCô¿ôL Bob introduced himself to Sonoma County with a clinic asking ... "What if good human relations principles were practiced in the United States, worldwide?" The theme was not of a government, a bureaucracy, a law, or an organization, but a world governed by individual people who understood and were continuing to develop, as a personal purpose, contributing to the well being of others. Sonoma County ONLINE is seen as an extension and a small contribution toward achieving this goal.
SoCô¿ôL Bob suggests the possibility that the World Wide Web is a physical manifestation of the kind of "spiritual" principles some of our best "thinkers" have inferred. We are all connected one to another ... each of us in some small or large way connected to the other, and to the trees, and the animals, and the oceans, and the air, and, as a result, another of our own creations: the WorldWide Web, this continuing truth will become increasingly more clear.
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