You know you’ve made it when your name becomes a verb. Uber. Photoshop. Google. And now, thanks to the enforced isolation of the coronavirus, Zoom.
A month ago, Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers thought of “Zoom” as little more than a PBS children’s show, the poor man’s Electric Company (itself the poor man’s Sesame Street). With most of us following government pleas to shutter in place, it’s also become a lifeline to the outside world. Overnight, the world is using this video conferencing app to celebrate virtual birthday parties or engage in online game nights under the isolated eye of our cell phone cameras.