The Nature of the World Wide Web

A world-wide division?

People scattered throughout the world are obviously going to have different advantages regarding access to the Internet. It can be relatively dependent on economic security in a specific country. I also believe it can correlate to personal capital that each particular member of society has on hand.

Interestingly enough, approximately 51 percent of U.S. households have access to broadband and pay nearly $45 a month. Contrast that with South Korea, where 94 percent of homes browse the Internet at a dismal $37 per month. Not to mention, download speeds are on average eight times quicker in South Korea.

However, I cannot help but contemplate if this is a democratic and justified approach to technology. Shouldn’t we all have the ability to access the World Wide Web, regardless of how secure we are regarding our personal finances? I also believe there could even be a uniform price for net distribution throughout the world. People who are unable to educate themselves in a digital world have a tendency to fall behind others.

This is another difficulty regarding technology. It can be extremely expensive to afford, especially when you need to perpetually pay a fee for utilization. In an ideal world, everyone would have unlimited access to the World Wide Web, but we need to remain realistic in the consumer-driven world that we live in.

It has even been documented that having the ability to surf the Internet enables individuals to become more intelligent. Intelligence can then translate into more job opportunities and a sense of well-being. With more people becoming smarter as a result of having access to technology, is it in a sense creating more division than unification throughout the world?

Obviously I recognize that technology has extensive advantages that will linger on for years to come. However at the same time, could it potentially be detrimental to society as a whole? I consider myself to be a utilitarian and as such, I find it quite discouraging that certain individuals will never have access to the Internet, regardless of how motivated they are.

This is why I believe we need to be more net neutral throughout the world. We need to establish a utilitarian approach that allows certain individuals, who happen to be less fortunate to access the World Wide Web. It will be beneficial to the world citizenry and make us a bit smarter in the long run.

World Class on the World Wide Web

Have you ever wondered what services or products a business has and searched the internet to find the answers? I use the internet to search for all types of information including restaurant menus, shopping for new clothing, and I can even shop for groceries from my computer! While almost everyone has developed a familiarity with the World Wide Web, you may be surprised to learn how many small businesses do not utilize technology to increase revenues. To create a world class business, one needs to broaden its potential to span services to every corner of the world. Reaching the world is as simple as a click of a button!

With the use of internet, a business can instantly reach anyone searching for their services. Radio stations that were once local are now able to stream their music and advertisements to a limitless audience. Major television broadcasting networks are able to display viewer’s favorite shows on demand which provides added benefits for advertisers and more control for the consumer. Clothing stores are able to offer sales and discounts for online shoppers and ship their choices directly to their front door. Some restaurants will even allow you to order your meal online and have it delivered as well.

Create credibility for your business with a website. It is important to give consumers confidence in your service or products. Credibility can be shown through the web in a variety of ways. The website should have a professional appearance with easily accessible contact information. You may then opt to have a feedback forum for product reviews, or a guestbook where consumers may write a blurb about their experience with your business. It is also important to have the website updated with new merchandise when available or to remove the advertisement of products or services that may no longer be available. Without the updates the site may appear abandoned and ultimately take away from credibility.

Many businesses have set hours they are open each day, and while those hours may be listed on the website for consumers interested in stopping by, the website itself is open 24/7. The web gives any business the opportunity to take orders or sell their products around the clock. This may also act as a convenience for many non-traditional consumers, such as those unable to make it to the store due to their work schedule.

It is absolutely imperative to give consumers a variety of options, as each person and their situation is unique. By creating a web presence for any type of business you reach a limitless number of consumers, give consumers the ability to instantly find information on your business and services, create credibility, and offer products to the consumers around the clock. Make it your priority today to create a website for your business and reap the benefits of going global!

What is the World Wide Web Anyway?

The World Wide Web, usually referred to simply as the Web, is a system for displaying, formatting and accessing multimedia information over a network such as the Internet. Although the World Wide Web is often referred to as the Internet, they are actually two different things. It is helpful to know the difference.

The Internet is the global collection of computers that transfer information and has the wiring that makes all of this possible. The World Wide Web is just a smaller part of the Internet. The Web provides an immensely popular and accessible way to publish electronically, offer services or simply express one’s creativity. Since the WWW is only a part of the Internet, the Web couldn’t exist without the Internet. However, the Internet would still be the Internet without the Web.

One of the most distinguishing features of the Web is its ability to hide all of the underlying technology from the user. When you access a web site or a link in a web document, your browser locates and brings you the information. You do not have to worry about where the information is located because the browser manages all storage, retrieval and navigation tasks automatically.

This feature has lead to problems because of the ease of being able to click on inappropriate web sites without knowing what is on the other end. Many times unsuspecting children will click on a link with a favorite character’s name on it only to discover that it is actually a pornographic site. This is a technique often used to attract a younger audience.

Now technically speaking, a “web site” is a set of files residing on a computer, usually called a server or a host. You access the site with software called a web browser, which displays the files as “pages” on your screen. The pages can contain files of text, pictures, sounds, animation, and interactive forms.

Most of which can easily be downloaded to your computer. Web pages are written in HyperText Markup Language (HTML), which is a simple coding system that tells the web browser how to display the information with its pictures and text.

You can think of web sites as the equivalent of a book – it may contain a single page or a whole series of chapters. Every site, and every page, has its own unique reference known as a ‘web address’ or ‘URL’.

While the simplistic approach to navigating around the Web has been a big factor in the success of the Internet, it has also presented some problems. Parents must always be conscious of where their children are surfing on the Net. It doesn’t take long to show someone how to click on a link and they are off exploring in uncharted territory.