Most often than not, I’ve had a few clients tell me that they have better things to do than pay for a 24 hr internet connection at home. They feel being online is a waste of precious time and money. So in today’s post, I’d like to enlighten thee as to the many possibilities or advantages of being online.
So what are the things we can do online? Personally, I can stay more than 14 hours online on just one website – twitter. But I’m not here to praise twitter…
Things you can do online, for starters.
1. Visit blogs
2. Network and make friends, through linked In, Facebook, Twitter, My Opera…
3. Chat… so many options here, Google Talk, Y!, MSN and more.
4. Download stuff… through Torrent sites and more..
5. Learn new stuff online
6. News and what’s happening….
The list is endless. Let me take the above points one by one.
1. Visit Blogs: I can’t begin to tell you how many things I have learnt just by visiting blogs online. I learnt most of what I know about web design by following other web designer’s blogs just like this one. Ethics in web design are not learnt on your own, they are learnt from interacting with others… Find a blog related to the things you do – it’s simple, Google it, and then you’re good to go.
2. Network and Make friends: You can make friends through social networking. This is one of the truest things I know. Twitter, LinkedIn, Behance are all social networking websites that have surprised me more than you can ever know… except you are part of this network yourself. I sincerely can’t explain this until you join one. I’m not talking about Facebook, In FB, you have to at least know the person before you can view his stuff (depending on his privacy settings) but in twitter and Behance, and LinkedIn, you can see a person’s profile and if he’s relevant to your field, choose to network or socialize.
3. Chat: Did you know that you can chat with someone you’ve never met? In Yahoo! Chat, it’s the easiest thing to do. Go to a chat room, as usual, according to the heading you prefer, and continue to a chat room. All this is theory; it’s more fun when you do it yourself. Start today. Open a Gmail Account, or a twitter account, and try. As they say, you’ll never know if you don’t try.
4. Downloads: Some people will have my head for saying this, but if the above points don’t work for you, try something else: downloading. I can tell you how many films, songs (like the one I’m listening to now as I type this post), games, and other stuff that I have downloaded to my system – legally, of course. It’s fun, I bet you. Visit Google for a list of legal torrent sites and go right ahead.
5. Learn stuff: This is probably the best thing you can do with your internet connection. Learn. Maybe you want to learn web design online, free of charge. This is your chance. I learnt, and I’m still learning CSS online at no cost except for my monthly internet fees… At the end of this post, I intend to give a list of resources for your viewing pleasure. Use them well.
6. Read news: What better way to relax than to read news and ‘gossip’ online? I use this to relax. There’s CNN, BBC, Twitter, News Daily… I learnt about the Haiti earthquake from twitter. Most of all that’s happening is found online first before the news TV stations even carry it. They even get their info online!
It’s the jet age, peeps. Don’t be left out.
and many more…