Why do we bother to queue?

This week is Apples word wide developer conference in San Francisco. I’m here for the week, it’s 3am and I’ve just joined the queue for the keynote speech (7 hours to wait).

It’s got me thinking about why people queue in this technology savvy era. The videos from this conference will be available online, it’s rumoured that they will be released during the conference itself to all registered apple developers. Given that information why didn’t I just stay at home and watch the conference online?

For me, I think I’m here for the atmosphere and the buzz. We as humans as social animals and we like to share the experience with others.

This raises some interesting questions as to how fulfilling social media really is ….. Can online communication ever be as effective and fulfilling as actually being together with other like minded individuals?

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