I was really heart-broken by this news. I had a tremendous amount of respect for Aaron. I hadn't seen him in a while - but we kept in touch around his various projects and I invited him to reach out when he thought I might be able to help with something.
The last email I received from him had the subject line, Hangouts on Air access for #Occupy?
. I let him know that it was still a bit early for what he envisioned (Hangouts on Air was still in a limited, early preview) but this was exactly the kind of citizen journalism that we ultimately imagined powering.
Here's how that email closed:Me:
Are you in town? https://www.rightscon.org/speakers/
You should always reach out when you are... I'd love to host you at Google / hang out. Might be too late now though...Aaron:
Aww, thanks. I'm here through Friday if it's not too late.
It was too late. And now it is too late. Thank you Aaron, for all you contributed to the world, and inspiring so many...