Finding someone who is close to you physically using the Internet is far from easy. If they’re close to you in their ideas then that becomes easier. However if they’re writing in a different language, then again it can be difficult. As it happens, Isabelle Hontebeyrie wrote an interesting item recently, Quand les médias francophones ne respectent pas les standards Web. In other words, the francophone media are not always respecting Web standards. It’s directly related to a posting of mine, Trial By Firefox. It could well be that the root of the problem in both cases is Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and its historical attitude towards standards.
So ideas may be close but do we live in the same neck of the woods, that’s more difficult. You could use Chandu Thota’s BlogMap to check. However there’s no trace of Ms. Hontebeyrie there. Another mapping of bloggers is provided by the Amsterdam based A2B and there you’ll find her. Apparently only 13 miles away from my home base.
Finding kindred spirits with similar thoughts is much easier via the Internet, particularly if you’re talking in the same language. One such kindred spirit has just been honoured on the Cre8asite Forums. Send2Paul has been nominated as the Cre8asite Example of the Year. That’s an honour richly deserved. We share many ideas in common and it’s amazing the way coincidences can happen. It’s a small world as they say. He recently had laser eye surgery and in consequence has set up a Laser Eye Surgery web page to help others. In fact my wife had laser eye surgery just 3 years ago and she still raves about how great it has been for her. My daughter also works for Lasik MD, which is the biggest laser eye surgery group in Canada.
An even stronger coincidence is that he was born in Middlesbrough in the North-East of England. I was born in Hartlepool. The two are only 7 miles apart. It’s a very small world. However I could never have found that out on the Internet.