i. Brief history of the Internet and Web browsers
The Internet was brought up due to fear. The fear that the Soviets could bring down American telecommunication around 1962. So a system of devices known as computers were built and connected to each other so that a secondary form on communication could be made. This allowed the transfer of documents across long distances. In 1991 a programmer by the name of Tim Berners-Lee created the idea of the World Wide Web. This version of the internet let anybody gain access to a large collection of information as long as they were connected to the main hub. In 1992 a browser was made by college students which allowed the viewing of links and pictures. Since then the internet has continued to grow and develop.
ii. Methods of communication
With the addition of the Internet came the introduction of new forms of communication. Below are examples of them and descriptions of how they work.
1. Social networking is the process of using mass reaching programs to get messages out to those that it is linked to. Common examples are Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat. These services allow people to post their opinions out in the open where others can see them. For businesses they allow them to spread advertising that can be free of charge in a lot of cases. Social networking is a powerful presence gaining resource for one to use.
2. Email allows a person to send one on one messages to others that can include more then just text. Links, Photos, Files, and more can all be linked in emails. Another valuable function of emails is their ability to be used as a confirmation and verification outlet. Many sites and programs use one’s personal email as a way to verify who is using a service so that theft doesn’t occur.
3. Wikis and Blogs are websites that are focused on one specific thing. It could be about a movie, a person, a place, or anything else. They are ways to keep up to date information on something specific without having to filter through other information. Blogs allow someone to develop an audience that can keep up with posts and have a way for feedback to be made with the poster.
4. Podcasts and webcasts are, in an easy to understand way, online web shows. They are a way to have a production value, independent release. Common uses of them are as Talk shows, Weekly review shows, and specific interest shows. They can be viewed as both a audio only and video/audio format and can be downloaded and viewed later on most devices.
5. Streaming media is a continuous source of audio and/or video that can be viewed and listened to. Steamed data isn’t stored on the device and is instead a constant source of what is being viewed and then discarded. Widely renowned streaming services are Twitch, Netflix, and Hulu. With the data being constantly updated, it allows viewers the option of interacting with those that are streaming in a real time basis.
iii. E-commerce is the exchange of goods and services without the need of any physicality. Retailers and banks can have money transferred from them without the exchange of physical bills or checks. This saves time and increases the number of possible transactions that can be made in a single day. M-commerce is the way of taking this a step farther by having E-commerce be available on the go through the use of phones and tablets.
That about sums it up guys and girls. Next topic is undecided yet but will be known once I figure it out. Till next time.
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