All internet users had to start somewhere. All those who did made it a point to stop using their computers for sending emails and word processing exclusively and branched out to the wonders that are the internet. The internet is now the place for shopping, research, visiting friends and so much more. It is revolutionary. Even as good as the internet is, there can be some confusion as to how to use it and what to use it for. It is a huge place after all, so where do you start? Start with some of the things the internet is most commonly used for.
Sales via the internet are at an all-time high. The struggling economy has taken its toll on brick and mortar stores. It’s something that you’ve probably seen play out in your own community. A drive down most small town Main Streets reveals a large number of “for rent” signs in store fronts. The internet is now home to thousands of stores selling everything from clothing to groceries.
That unique piece of artwork you’ve been looking for? You can find it on the internet. Hunting for the specialty cookies from your favorite little café that you totally love? You’ll more than likely find those online too. Internet ordering is easy. You can sit at home and do your holiday shopping in your pajamas. Everything can then be shipped directly to the recipient. A quick tip for shopping online: look for your favorite retailers and brands. Chances are they have a website where you can order from. Many even offer free shipping.
Thanks to the internet, keeping in touch with loved ones is now easier than ever. Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are now social hubs. If you’re a new internet user social media sites may seem huge and confusing. Start off small by adding friends and family members. Social media will let you share photos, videos and all of life’s important moments. You don’t have to keep up with everyone you’ve ever met. It’s okay to start off using one site. Choose the site where the majority of your friends and family members participate.
Perhaps the most powerful aspect of the internet is the search engines that allow you to find what you want. The most common search engines right now are Google, Yahoo and Bing. To use the power of any of these engines, type in what it is you are seeking in the search box and hit enter. The engine will wend its way through oceans of data, sift through it all and return the results you are looking for.
Search engines can locate businesses, people and any information you seek. Engines return pages of results listing what they consider to be the most relevant websites at the top of the first page. All the information you ever wanted and more is on a website on the internet. The search engines are there to help you find it fast.
Being a new internet user is exciting. There are so many possibilities to discover. There’s so much to see and do online. The internet can be used for so much more than simple e-mail. The internet can be confusing at first, but with a little patience it becomes enjoyable. With so much at your fingertips, the internet is truly a new window to the world.