One of the best things about the Internet, besides adorable kitten videos, is how it has managed to bring the world together at times to celebrate momentous occasions. One of these such events was yesterday, where people around the world celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Social media was used to document it all.
Google put together a video doodle on their homepage to commemorate the occasion.
Instagram was home to a Fallofthewayy25 Official Instagram Account. Here are some of their photos:
Today, we took a tour around the city to show you old pieces of the #berlinwall with #hyperlapse. Enjoy the #eastsidegallery! #fallofthewall25 #fotw25 #thisisberlin #berlin #streetart
Here comes another artistic interpretation of the GDR soldier jumping over the former #berlinwall. #fallofthewall25 #fotw25
On Twitter, several hashtags were used to share photos and messages. #fallofthewall25 (17,000 Tweets in the last week) and #fotw.
— fallofthewall (@fallofthewall) November 4, 2014
8,000 LED balloon lights were set up along the path of where the Berlin Wall previously stood, and each balloon was released one by one yesterday. Facebook and Twitter both sponsored balloons for the project.
Facebook donated these balloon lights along the route of the Berlin Wall that fell 25 yrs ago. pic.twitter.com/NUY3zpwIwJ
— Jonathan Krim (@jkrim) November 9, 2014
Visit Berlin shared some of the balloon release through their Vine account:
Social media has played a huge part in making this anniversary a world event. With its long reach and strong sense of community, social media allowed people from all over the world to share, participate and experience the importance of this event. There’s a strong feeling of closure in celebrating the demolition of a wall that separated and isolated people for so long – and now, because of social media, there’s also a strong bond between complete strangers all over the world.
top photo credit: instagram.com/fallofthewall25