10 Times The Internet Has Worked Together

All right, Internet — stop, collaborate, and listen. When we put our heads together on the world-wide web, magic is guaranteed to happen. And what’s more magical than accessing your documents anywhere you need them? SkyDrive and Office make it easier than ever to stay synced, organized, and productive.

1. “Star Wars” completely recreated in 15-second chunks.

Breaking: the Internet has a serious soft spot for the greatest sci-fi film of all time. The masterminds behind Star Wars Uncut called on netizens to recreate the entire movie in bite-sized, 15-second installments, and the end result is a crazy creative tapestry of pure Internet Awesomeness.

2. Amazon reviewers celebrate the absurd.

Call it meta-humor or just call it trolling, but when net-goers get their mouse hands on one of the truly outrageous products in Amazon’s endless library, the results are alway — always — hilarious.

3. Draw a stranger, be drawn by a stranger.

What happens when you strip away the inherent vanity of your Facebook profile pic, pick up a pencil, and sketch a complete stranger? Selfless Portraits, one of the coolest cooperative art projects to ever hit the super-popular social site.

4. Gamers group together to create a potential cure for AIDS.

Collaborative Tetris-meets-science game FoldIt tasks players with solving complex puzzles on a molecular level, but it cuts deeper than your average interactive time-waster. A team of players were able to crack a riddle in-game that had long stumped scientists in the real world, and could hold the key to curing AIDS. Which brings us to Internet Lesson One: never underestimate the tenacity and intricate inner-workings of an online gamer.

5. The Internet sings a soothing song to a woman in need.

Anxious and overwhelmed by some major changes in her life, a woman named Laura reached out to Internet artist Ze Frank. Ze picked up his guitar, recruited a range of Internet everymen, and crafted one of the most soothing, reaffirming songs to ever hit the blogosphere.

6. The web reimagined as a collaborative graffiti canvas.

If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if your browser was hijacked by several thousand aspiring Banksies, WebCanvas, a nigh-endless and incredibly cool communal graffiti project, is probably the answer.

7. Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, and then the Internet steps in.

Patrick Moberg had a missed connection. But instead of shooting a sappy note to Craigslist and shrugging it off, he took fate into his own hands, launching a website and getting the Internet’s undivided attention in one fell swoop. And it worked — with the help of countless cybercitizens Moberg was united with the girl of his dreams in real life, and while their romance didn’t stand the test of time, it certainly makes one hell of a great story.

8. Reddit reveals its many, many faces.

Many of the Internet’s best collaborative art projects don’t start out as collaborative art projects. When a lone Redditor snapped a casual shot of him posing with a photo of the friend, it was mere moments before a dozen other posters hopped on the bandwagon. The end result is an awesome bit of unintentional meta-art.

9. 4chan makes an elderly gent’s birthday an event to remember.

Wait, wait, wait, don’t panic — in the best way possible. When a photograph of a lonely “WANTED: People for Birthday Party” poster started making the rounds on 4chan’s /b/ board, a group of well-intentioned Anons decided to make William Lashua’s 90th birthday an incredibly special event. The elderly birthday boy was flooded with an influx of hand-written cards, crafts, and even a few surprise guests, all wishing him a very happy birthday. Aaaand then the entire Internet got a little bit of dust in its eyes and/or was just cutting onions, depending on who you ask. *sniff*

10. The Internet helps lost cameras find their rightful owners.

Just think of all those lost SD cards and dropped disposable cameras, vessels filled with forgotten memories, never to be uploaded to Facebook. No, wait, that’s terribly depressing — good thing some well-intentioned netizens created Camerafound, a communal website where users can upload photos from stray cameras and memory cards with the hopes of reuniting them with their rightful owners.

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