And that cheer indicated that, for a little while, we’re the most talked-about news story on the planet.

And it gives us a chance to say: thanks to everyone who has worked over the years, many as volunteers, to build the electronic networks and craft the cool programs, from Flickr to Twitter to Google Earth, that let us put this day together.

We couldn’t have done this project two years ago–it’s in a sense a beta test for the wired world.

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