I’ve been watching two tribes forming in the last week.
TRIBE ONE: iPhone in Australia.
First:

Here they come – the hordes of Mac zombies. Listen to them, clamouring for their sustenance: “iiiiiiiiiiPhonnnnnnnnnnne…. iiiiiiiiiiPhooooooonnnnne”. Remember, if you meet one, aim for the head.
(Nic Healey, Managing Editor, T3 Magazine)

John Allsopp has written an indepth evaluation of iPhone in Australia:

Original Article

There’s clearly a tonne of excitement in Australia (and elsewhere) about the imminent release of the iPhone. Personally, I think it is a beautiful device, and in particular it revolutionizes the user experience for the mobile web. In the US and elsewhere is has driven up the adoption of mobile web browsing enormously. And that is what has really excited me about the advent of the Phone.

And Mark Pesce’s piece is called iPhail (iFail I guess). ’nuff said.

Unless we want Stilgherrian to have the last word – a Twitter word no less:

stilgherrian: Hmmmm… If I go to the Sydney CBD now, will there be roaming hordes of angry iPhone-less people who queued too late? Better take a stick…

stilgherrian: Crossing Sydney Harbour Bridge, noting that world continues to function without an iPhone. How is this possible?

TRIBE TWO: World Youth Day.

I was just down Bondi Beach on a cold Monday evening and the place is full. Tribed up into groups of 30 to 100, wearing WYD appropriate clothing. Expecting 1/4 to 1/2 a million additional Christians in Sydney by the weekend.

iPhone one week, the Pope the next. If we survive this, we’ll survive anything.

There is nothing scarier than individuals who form social networks to reinforce their passion, once you have them motivated, on the move and heading your way.

If we mashup iphones and WYD what do we get?

The cruciPod from… (I forget)

*ducks*

I forgot to say: Tribe Three might be the T-shirt wearing, iPhone toting brigade? Nearly 1000 members in the Wearing a T-shirt is a not a crime, Morris Facebook group.