Big Words and the Mac Community

Are we a community? As I look around the world of Apple users, it is very apparent we are not just people who use Macintosh computers, iPods and iPhones.

We are a group of people who share a common interest in products produced by a company, Apple Inc. We read many of the same magazines, books and web sites. We listen to podcasts featuring the authors of those items. We also use software produced, created and inspired by them. Some of us even attend events such as Macworld, MacMania cruises, and even user group meetings that feature the works of that group.
Are we a community? As I look around the world of Apple users, it is very apparent we are not just people who use Macintosh computers, iPods and iPhones.

We are a group of people who share a common interest in products produced by a company, Apple Inc. We read many of the same magazines, books and web sites. We listen to podcasts featuring the authors of those items. We also use software produced, created and inspired by them. Some of us even attend events such as Macworld, MacMania cruises, and even user group meetings that feature the works of that group.

Over the years, I have read a Web site, MyMac.com. When the authors of that site began their podcast, I began listening to it. When I found out that one of the hosts of that program lived in my area, we invited him to do a presentation for our user group--and then I was invited to “appear” on the program. In recent months I have been following the latest adventure of Tim Robertson, the founder of MyMac,com.

He had an idea for a piece of software for the iPhone. He envisioned an application that would allow the user to display a visual message that would be large enough to be seen across a room.

Now, Tim is not a programmer, but he is a member of this Macintosh community and members of our community have helped him turn his idea for Big Words into a reality.

The best thing about our community is that we are not constrained by physical distance. Tim’s project involved people around the world. I am sure many of them have never met in person, but together they have turned his idea into a reality.



To learn more about Big Words, read Tim’s column on MyMac.com or check out this story on AppMinute. To buy Big Words, go to the iTunes App Store. Now that Big Words has been released, I am sure Tim will talk about it on his next podcast.

Big Words is now on my iPhone and I am sure I will find myself using it to send messages in a crowd or across a room.

--Pat

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