The Internet and the webcam
The internet has revolutionised the way how people communicate; sending emails,
sharing photos, blogging, messaging, exchanging ideas, making new contacts and re-establishing
old friendships, are just some of the uses that the internet is put to every second.
From this revolution has come the webcam, a device that allows people to
see each other across the globe.
Webcams are not just for person to person communication though. There is a whole
zoo of webcams whose purpose is to share some interesting point of
view. Created by a very diverse base of cultures and personalities, there are webcams
that broadcast images of cityscapes, farm animals, artists at work, coffee shops,
the countryside, from ships, from bicycles, surfing beaches, rail junctions, volcanoes
and, what is the focus of this article, the weather. Added together, the
webcam community is creating its very own world view.
In principle, a weather web-camera is a webcam that points at the sky with
the aim of displaying the local sky conditions to the world. It is fair to ask why
should creating a service with a view of an ordinary looking sky in an ordinary
looking landscape be of any value? Simply, the internet is the sum of its parts,
which means that in this new democratic universe, every web site counts.