Bridge the Gap, Internet Encouragement

Brief History on Internet and Web Browsers

Looking back on how far we have come since the invention of Internet and Web Browser, it is quite interesting how it has evolved. The main man that is responsible for creating the internet is Robert E. Kahn. What we know as internet today is much different then what internet was when it was an idea in the 1950’s. Internet started with packet networking which led to the first message being sent from one computer to another in the late 1960’s. What we now know as modern internet was established in 1990 and later 1995, given almost all unrestricted access.

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The first web browser that came to be was invented by Tim Berners-Lee. He called his invention “Worldwide Web,” which was later renamed “Nexus” (Boulton, 2014) http://digital-archaeology.org/the-nexus-browser/. A browser’s purpose is to let you visit websites and do activities within them like login, view multimedia, link from one site to another, visit one page from another, print, send and receive email, among many other activities (http://www.allaboutcookies.org/browsers/).

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Methods of Communication

Social networking is a great way for people to get connected; stay connected, and find people that share similar interests. I find that it is great for staying in touch with people that I left behind when I moved to another state. Social networking is a gold mine of information as well as place to pick other peoples brains. A sight that is well known for this is LinkedIn. “LinkedIn is about building strategic relationships. How many people you connect with is less important than who you connect with (Duermyer, 2016) (http://homebusiness.about.com/od/linkedin/a/how-does-linkedin-work.htm).”

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Email is the upgraded version of mail. Email was originally only meant for in network communication. Email really took off after 1971 when Ray Tomlinson sent the first email by addressing a user on another system (http://www.howtogeek.com/56002/htg-explains-how-does-email-work/). Now people are more excited to get regular mail rather than email. The biggest thing with email is the servers it uses. It uses two ways in order to get you mail and store it. The two formats are POP. and IMAP. POP is very reliant with stationary use. Pop does not like to work with clients that are on phones because it is not meant to be used across servers. This is why IMAP can be superior because IMAP is able to go anywhere without problem. By problem, I mean that the DNS server can black list your email if your POP device is traveling around through different servers. This is because the DNS sees you as a potential spammer jumping around. If this happens, one would be unable to use their email.

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Wikis and Blogs are great ways to get communication as well interact with people. Internet Wikis are basically the new Almanacs. Internet Wikis have come a very long day since the first introduction of Wikipedia when citations where not needed for updating information. Internet Wikis are a huge collection of information taken from other sources. This is why they aren’t published because thousands of people are able to pull together and add information from everywhere. Though Wikis are a great place for people to collectively come together and working on something, they are limited in being able to address another collaborator directly. For this reason, people like looking for blogs with the information they are seeking. “There was a time when the Internet was just an informational tool. In the early life of the World Wide Web some 20 years ago, websites were simple and provided a one-sided conversation (http://weblogs.about.com/od/startingablog/p/WhatIsABlog.htm).” In truth, using blogs is one of the most effective ways for me to get information. With blogs, people are able to respond to what the blogger is speaking about because there is usually a comment section to address the blogger. This way people can ask for clarification on something they are unsure the blogger meant or ask specifically for more information in a subject that was not given enough attention in the bloggers post.

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Podcasts and Webcasts are great tools for gathering information. A podcast is a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/podcast). A radio station that is notorious and renowned for its Podcasts is NPR. Podcasts work so well that NPR could probably attribute some of it present success to Podcasts. Webcasts work almost in the same respect but are a video broadcast. For visual learners this would be a better root.

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Streaming media is video or audio content sent in compressed form over the Internet and played immediately, rather than being saved to the hard drive. A person can easily relate this to YouTube. YouTube may be one of the best ways to gather information. On could literally do surgery by watching a YouTube video. Media like this is very helpful in the respect of tutorials, and how to’s. If anything is taken from this Bridge the Gap idea, Streaming media would be the best way to learn everything there is on internet uses and communication.

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E-Commerce and M-Commerce

By definition e-commerce stands for electronic commerce. It refers to the exchange of any product or service across the internet while using electronic mode. It includes all those activities that help in concluding the transaction, i.e. transportation, banking, insurance, warehousing, advertising, etc.). There will be no face to face interaction between the parties. E-commerce emerged in the 1970’s and was supported by the only devices at the time being computers and later, laptops. Basically E-commerce is involved with objects that cannot move easily.

M-commerce by definition stands for mobile commerce. It is an upgraded version of e-commerce. When the commercial activities are conducted with the help of cellular devices, it is known as m-commerce. It include, browsing, buying, selling, dealing, ordering, paying and many other activities (https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-difference-between-e-Commerce-and-mobile-commerce). M-commerce emerged with the inventions of portable devices which were around the 1990’s. These devices include Mobiles, Tablets, PDA’s, iPad, etc.

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