One of the most awaited presentations of LeWeb was the one by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. A superstar of the social Web, Her Majesty has more than 1.1 million followers on Twitter (I love her Twitter bio: “A mum and a wife with a really cool day job…”). She gave a passionate speech about how the real-time Web can change the real world.
Some of her comments/statements:
- Did Michael Jackson change the course of the Iran revolution?
- The real-time Web is a new phase in the evolution of the Internet.
- Our thoughts, emotions, actions are increasingly live online.
- She called LeWeb’s attendees ” this century’s digital Darwins” doing “digital anthropology”, driving humanity towards new horizons.
- On her usage of social media: “My virtual self can get closer to people than my real self because of protocol and quiet deference in my presence. Online, people are not afraid to speak their mind. It demystifies who I am and what I do. Titles don’t mean much online”. Social media helps spread ideas. Queen Rania can talk to 1M people at once and she’s inspired by the potential.
- She says we must not forget and ask “can the real-time web bring real world change? Can we tackle the big challenges like poverty, disease, education?”
- She called real-time the new prime time.
- She then discussed her charity 1Goal, whose goal is “education for all”, to help children locked out of school and locked in poverty get the education they deserve. She suggested we move from virtual activism to real action and get involved. This is not about money, this is about millions of people joining a cause which will be promoted until the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. You can sign-up here.
- She then concluded by saying “the real-time Web is a real human experience that can bring real change to humanity”.
- Her presentation was followed by a long applause and loud cheers, much appreciated by all attendees.