The power of social media exists not only in its ability to connect people across vast distances, but also in its function as tangible, real-time representation of the the public consciousness.

Since the announcement of Robin Williams' death, his admirers have taken to Twitter. While some images are iconic, others have never been seen before.

Below, you can find a selection of some of the most moving, thought-provoking tweets that have been posted to honor the memory of the beloved late comic whose life ended far too soon.