Welcome to the first installment of “They Came From The Internet”

In this series, we’re going to explore the vast digital expanse of cyberspace to see who else is out there and what the heck they’re doing with this Internet thing. Enjoy!


Yesterday, my wonderful wife Claire turned 29, and being the annoying social media whore that I am, I thought it would be a fun experiment to ask random Periscope# broadcasters to wish her a happy birthday.

Unsurprisingly, we ran across a variety of humans doing all sorts of things including, but not limited to, driving their cars while Periscoping# and broadcasting live from their bathroom. This is on par with what we’ve all come to expect from the internet though, so it wasn’t all that surprising.

What was surprising, however, was peoples’ positive reactions to my request. Not a single person was rude or unfriendly, and there were absolutely ZERO penises to speak of! I’m not sure I recognize this brave new internet, but I think I like it. Periscope has made the world smaller, or bigger, I’m not sure which, but there was something special about hopping around the globe and asking complete strangers from Melbourne, El Savador, Germany, and various states in the Union to wish the person I love most a happy birthday and actually having it happen in real time.

Like all things on the internet, Periscope will inevitably be abused and almost certainly used for bad things, but for now, it seems that the average broadcasters is out there just trying to connect with their fellow humans even if they have nothing to say.