A few minutes later the French president Emmanuel Macron declared a 15-day blockade across the country on Monday night, some of us live in Paris decided in one of our favorite spring to engage in activities we threw an aperitif. As anywhere, some of us have known him well, and others were strangers. We poured glasses of wine and spend an hour of our lives chat, cook dinner, recommended books and telling stories. But there was a fad that was as extreme as this moment: We were each separated into our homes, and everything online. Digital aperitifs only innovation that has exploded during the last 19-week online COVID that whips across the world. Another is an online events like Monday night, the performance on YouTube and Facebook by French singer Matthieu Chedid, known as M, which began shortly after the Macron his inaugural speech ended blockade of France announced; Tuesday evening a concert of over 582,000 people had seen it always gets more likely to see M personally. the most famous orchestra in the world upload their entire archive online races. There are online free yoga and meditation classes in groups and sign free music lessons. “In the last four days there has been non-stop. It ‘s amazing,” says Michelle Gilbert, director of communications of Facebook for Southern Europe, based in Paris. In a city where neighbors politely ignored typically between their existence, the residents on their way a Facebook group formed this week “Les Voisins” (neighbors) called. “Nobody wants to be alone,” says Gilbert. “And we all tied up in our house.” Click Stay up to date with our daily newsletter crown. If the crown is finally over, it will probably be remembered for the high mortality rate, and economic wreckage that there are safe. But the pandemic, they would also like to recall – as the hopes of the technology industry – for a moment emerged in social media as a miracle, connecting phenomenon have promised the founders would be time. For those who are in the field that the particularly strong hope after years of European Union sanctions against the Big Tech and a major European, game against Silicon Valley. announced the same day his Macron Lockdown, Apple France has fined a record € 1.2 billion for antitrust violations. But tech, with its ability to keep us all connected in this uncertain time seems to suddenly be back in the hearts of men – the full interview on the pan-European digital control, even in part, at least temporarily suspended during the crisis. “This time is very special,” Patrick Walker, co-founder, says the Uptime.app start, a video platform based in London. “While we must be vigilant to stop the spread of misinformation, these same tools will keep you together,” says Walker, who previously executive positions at YouTube and Facebook instead. “They build community when we are no longer together.” For Walker, the power of social media transformed into this crisis very personal last Saturday, confirmed as a test at Kingston Hospital in London who was infected with COVID-19. He believes that as soon as he caught the virus can find in its London office, at a meeting on March 9 sitting in front of someone who was coughing. Within days, he was feverish and chilled, and its visitors – who flew from London to Dubai – had also tested positive for the crown. Walker closed the office, and is now separated into her house with her two children, aged 4:02, and his wife still have to learn, whether it is to be positive. Walker now shares his home quaratine experience on Instagram, prompting a flood of texts from people who abandon their symptoms against his cross-check or hot food on her door. Ironically, he found a position, offer reassurance in the midst of waves of fear, as he is the only person who knows almost everything with the virus. “There’s been a lot of coverage. People are very nervous,” he says. “This is the advantage of these platforms.” For us in Paris, close to Italy – nearly two weeks in a nationwide block of 60 million people – has provided important information on what to do. One lesson was to stay Italians efforts in relation, also in isolation. Video of Italian singing on their balconies with neighbors has gone viral online, a reminder that the community exists even in difficult times. Following the example of Italian when Paris joined me on Tuesday, tweets and Facebooks post appeared, encouraging people to open the windows or step up to cheer on their balconies in 20:00 and applaud the health of workers in the country. No one knew its origins, was different from that which inspires Italy; he simply “went viral” passed from person to person. Sure enough, it came as the hour, cheers and applause went to Paris more than to break an almost unbearable silence that had fallen in Europe to densely. In Italy, people feel less alone notice finally gone. “Life has changed completely in Italy,” said Sarah Crowe, director of public affairs for the UNICEF Innocenti Research Office of Florence, worked the crisis in West Africa during the 2014 Ebola. This pandemic, says Mark a dramatic change in one aspect: It ‘probably the first social media to play in real time. Crowe says that communities have found Ebola outbreak in solidarity suffer paths connect. This time, both different and the same. “It ”s all about the common good,” he says, to draw a comparison with the Ebola crisis. “If you are all blocked, can the public good online ignite. This was not possible in the same way in Liberia and Sierra Leone.” The first day of the Paris Lockdown there were still some holdouts, acute new technologies to old ways to avoid. In one of the Left Bank district, said a kiosk owner determines magazines and newspapers open its stand to the brim, full of tender, even if the title had argued outside says: “Macron said that people remain in their homes.” “Even when they tell me to quit, I will not,” he told me when I asked if he plans to close his position, as he handed me my papers, while blue surgical gloves. “It is an essential public service. People need good information.” Both the police waiting for him will be closed in the coming days. It is also not known whether Macron could extend disabling away at the end of March, as many believe it will. But for us parents under the locked-in Parisian technology, at least there. Suddenly, social media and other digital diversions are banned parents no longer see a scourge, but a blessing as we closed our kids all week, schools and parks. “Play Fortnite” I told my baby stunned 13 years, whose devotion had been a source of tension with social video games. “It ‘s beautiful, with friends to attend.” “Fortnite is over,” he answered, to my surprise. “Now it is Netflix.” Please send any suggestions, cables and [email protected] stories.