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Friday, December 11, 2009

Are you taking advantage of the Internet?

"We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more human and fair than the world your governments have made before". A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace. John Perry Barlow. Davos, Switzerland.

Many people think they take the most advantage of the Internet just because they have an e-mail account and because they can check the status of their bank accounts through the websites without having to actually go or to make a call.

But, really, those are the simplest (almost outdated) tools and possibilities of the web. The Web 2.0 brought so much interactivity and created a different way of building and sharing knowledge, democratizing this new media that does not depend exclusively on the powerful lord of the media.

Also, people are now talking about a Web 3.0, which main characteristic is the customization. This is one of the biggest changes and represents a lot of possibilities for people to choose what they want to see and receive, and how they want to see it and receive it.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, don't worry, you don't need to understand any of these "Internet" concepts in order to use and take advantage of all the possibilities that they offer you in the practice.

For now, you can just start with being aware of the infinite ocean of information that the Internet offers you for free. Anything you need to look for, even if it's weird and you thing no one knows about the exact thing you're looking for, just try it out and you'll be surprised with what you'll be able to find and learn.

Also, if you have special interest in specific subjects, you can avoid looking for them every time by just subscribing to the RSS feeds of the websites you like the most and you often visit. You can even subscribe to specific subjects of each website and the articles on those things you love will just be delivered to your e-mail or will be available to you with an RSS reader, even if you don't have an Internet connection at the moment you want to read them.

Don't think you're too old or you don't know anything about technology, risk it all and try it out! Go ahead and sit in front of the computer to explore the endless possibilities and the infinite amounts of information that this web is offering you.

Also, you can create your own contents if you want to. By just creating a simple account on Blogger you will have your own website in which you can be the writer you always wanted to be, or share the recipes or poems you never knew how to publish…

Internet is amazing! Don't be afraid of it and you will find yourself asking why did you take so long…




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