The above image was created using computer software. The TREES toolbox is a Matlab toolbox that allows the user to generate neuronal structures that cannot be distinguished from those found in a real brain. Just as these computer-generated images cannot be distinguished from their real-life counterparts, so friendships born online can be as real as those that started in the lab or the lecture theatre.
Did you ever see this image, created by Paul Butler, an intern at Facebook?
Paul’s Facebook note describes both how he created the post and how others reacted to it:
When I shared the image with others within Facebook, it resonated with many people. It’s not just a pretty picture, it’s a reaffirmation of the impact we have in connecting people, even across oceans and borders.
It’s not just Facebook that connects people across oceans and borders. Blogging allows networks to be built encompassing different countries and cultures. Many bloggers will have a tale to tell about meeting someone they only know from the blogosphere, in real life. And even if a physical meeting is not possible, blogging gives you an opportunity to learn how things are done around the world.