Internet: communication through technology, including video and audio
Who has not heard of the Internet? Nobody! Unless, of course, you’ve been living in a cave for the past decade! The Internet is the crowning achievement of the information age (which is what we call this age in which we live). It has completely revolutionized how we communicate and how we live.
But what exactly is that thing we call the Internet? Simply put, the Internet is the interconnection of computers around the world. It allows the users of these computers to communicate in a variety of ways: through email, conference broadcasting, website information, file sharing, and more.
To connect to the Internet, you will need a computer and a connection to an ISP (Internet Service Provider). Your ISP will provide you with a connection and the means to connect to the Internet.
The Internet began as a project of the US Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPANET), which was commissioned by the Pentagon to investigate military uses of networks in 1960. From there, the Internet constantly developed to benefit the entire population.
At first, the Internet could only work with a low data transfer rate. Today, ISPs offer speeds from 56 kilobytes per second to 10 megabytes per second or more! This allows people to transfer more data, which facilitates better communication.
The Internet has such a huge impact on our daily lives that it has become indispensable for many people and companies.
1. Email: Gone are the days when people had to wait weeks or even months for snail mail! With the Internet, you can send an email and get to your destination instantly! Email has made the world a smaller place, allowing people separated by great distances to communicate.
2. Instant Messaging, Chat Rooms: Services like AIM, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, and Skype allow people to send messages instantly, just like a phone conversation, but using typed messages. There are also “virtual rooms” on the Internet provided by services developed for this purpose. These “rooms” allow many users to chat through written messages.
3. Web pages: Web pages are like virtual homes on the Internet. They allow people to post documents on the Internet that are easy to browse and browse. With the passage of time, web pages have gained more functionality. Today you can download files, send files and comments, and do all your shopping online.
Web pages fulfill many functions: some promote businesses, others are purely informative, and others become vehicles to generate money. The Internet spawned what we now call electronic commerce. This involves buying over the Internet. You can even use online payment methods like PayPal, Paydot, and other methods.
4. File Sharing and Streaming Services: The Internet also supports file sharing. This allows you to share files with other users. These files can be large or small. Streaming services allow you to receive data such as radio broadcasts or even video streams over the Internet.
a brave new world
In the past, the Internet was limited to large institutions. Now home internet has become more affordable. Today’s technology even allows for mobile internet! You can browse the Internet from a mobile device, such as a cell phone, or you can browse from your laptop in areas that offer Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity). The Internet makes instant communication with the rest of the world possible. In the coming years we will see much more.