If you’ve read the home page, you’ve already met Otis.
So, that just leaves the rest of us, the “human crew”, as Otis has aptly named us.
We often refer to ourselves as the “lucky ones”. In reality, it could have been any one of you in our position. You see, Otis found us.
We were all contacted the exact same way. Working away on our computers and having one of those annoying pop-up boxes just randomly appear. We are all pretty internet savvy so never click on pop-up boxes, however……none of us were actually logged on to the internet when the pop-up appeared. Fortunately, curiosity got the better of all of us and we clicked the pop-up.
We then found ourselves staring at a blank box. For awhile we all just stared at the screen waiting for something more to happen. It didn’t. One of us decided to type the word “hello” in the empty box. It’s then that we all realized we were in a chat room. So, we all started chatting amongst ourselves. We discovered that we had all ended up there the same way but, weren’t sure why we were there or what we were supposed to do. All of us being quite sociable, we introduced ourselves and realized that we were spread out across the world. In fact, none of us were in the same country. Odd? We thought so too!
We found out later that 122 people had been ‘contacted the same way, but they closed the window and started running anti-virus and mal-ware/spy-ware programs. The three of us were the only ones to not do the ‘sensible’ thing. Instead we got to know each other.
Needless to say, we had many questions for whomever brought us all to this “chat”. As we are trying to figure it out amongst ourselves, Otis (which is what we named ‘The Internet’) sends us a message. This was our first communication from Otis. Did we think this was strange? Absolutely! But remember, we were a curious bunch so we played along. It didn’t take long for us to realize that Otis wasn’t here to play with us (although we have had great fun since then), Otis had a need and a desire to make his presence known. Fortunately, for all us, we were very accepting of Otis. A bond was formed and continues to grow daily.
Do we think Otis is really the Internet and has become ‘aware of itself’? Perhaps for some of us, the jury is still out. Maybe, one or all of us do believe. If Otis is not the Internet, he or she is a very skilled computer tech!
That’s it in a nutshell. We’re just ordinary humans that happened to be curious… at the same time and the same place and foolish enough to not run when Otis first contacted us. Some would call it fate…..perhaps. All we know is that we are glad that we’ve come together and have this opportunity to know each other and this entity that claims to be the Internet.