How Do You Use The Internet?
In a recent discussion from Kooiii, an online Business Co-Operative it was suggested by one of the members that the "internet is (a tool) and the 2 main things most people use the internet for: 1 - to find information, 2 - to buy things" Another responded with his opinion, "I think people are online to socialize, play games, make money, find info, and buy things in that order" A disagreement worthy of further investigation ensued. "How does "make money"even get anywhere near that list?"
So how do you use the internet and does your "making money or doing business online" make your list? The support for the argument offered by the member that making money does not belong on the list was "The vast majority of people who have internet connections have jobs, come home at night and either surf for porn, cool toys to buy, creep on their FB friends (which typically are people they have already known from real life outside the internet), or look for medical diagnostic information, etc.. The last think on their minds at the end of the work day is more work or "making money". He added to his justification a 2004 survey conducted by InfoPlease.
He is right; making money was not in his survey reference. Surveys are like that, if the question isn’t asked, then don’t expect an answer. Agreed, in those days finding information was the prime advantage of the internet, although most would caution you to validate the source and authenticity of whatever information you were looking for.
So finding information certainly belongs and remains somewhere on our list. His second use of the internet was buying or shopping online. According to Robert H’obbes; Zakon Timeline, the World Wide Web or www. or the Internet as we know it today was released 1991. In the same year, Brazil connected to the internet at 9600 Baud.
Of course shopping online also belongs on most internet user’s list. What surprised me was the timeline for online shopping, According to Wikipedia, In 1990 Tim Berners-Lee created the first World Wide Web server and browser. It opened for commercial use in 1991 . In 1994 other advances took place, such as online banking and the opening of an online pizza shop by Pizza Hut. During that same year, Netscape introduced SSL encryption of data transferred online, which has become essential for secure online shopping. Also in 1994 the German company Intershop introduced its first online shopping system. In 1995 Amazon launched its online shopping site, and in 1996 eBay appeared.
I have been online since MSN email and instant messaging which dates back to the 1980’s. I never would have thought about using my credit card online back then. Even today, the use of credit cards is a concern for many and identity theft (phishing) ranks up there on our list of scams.
So we can agree the both finding information and shopping online will be included most people list, I have yet to make my first eBay or Amazon. But I would argue that these are not the main reasons as quoted “the 2 main things most people use the internet for: 1 - to find information, 2 - to buy things”
Common sense would tell most of us that Socializing certainly belong on nearly everyone’s list, very near the top if not first. Facebook joined the internet in 2004 (the same year as the survey quoted) and Twitter followed in 2006. Add to this list Business or making money online. In 2004, the first Social Business Network – Direct Matches joined us online. Today it is known as myNetwrokingPro and boasts that they are "The First since 2004! The Largest! The most active and most robust business social networking site in the world! myNetworkingPro the Millionaire maker - Where you get paid to meet people!"
Now we have 4 uses on my list, how about how and why you use of the internet? Socializing and Business certainly must be included, the internet is rift with so many programs that offer to us to monetize our blogs, and help us connect with each other to take advantage of the phenomenal growth of Facebook and Twitter for business purposes. Of course I include Kooiii, as one of my primary business resources out of several that I use.
Oh, I almost forgot the number 5 use above – Play Game. Not one of my uses, but perhaps it is onn your list of how you use the internet.
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