If you were to make a list containing the greatest human achievements, the internet would be right up there with the first flight in an airplane, discovery of electricity or people landing on the moon for the first time.
An exceptional company to be in, without a doubt. And as is the case with all great achievements, we have gotten used to the internet and began taking it for granted. But, we are reminded how lucky we are and how hopeless we are without it every time when our internet connection stops responding for some reason.
Because we take it for granted, we rarely make use of its full potential. Sure, we might get a brilliant idea of how we can use the internet to our benefit once in a blue moon, but that’s usually just a flash, after which we go back to chatting on Facebook, tweeting, watching cat videos on YouTube and countless other things that are nothing but a pure waste of time.
We need to remind ourselves on occasion that the internet can be used to educate us, help others and or even to make money.
Useful Information on the Web
The ideal combination would be for all three of these boxes to be checked. There are numerous examples where creative people use the World Wide Web to their benefit. Artists, especially musicians, promote their work using free services such as YouTube, Vimeo or MySpace.
Photographers put up their portfolios on Flickr. Writers use WordPress, Blogger or Tumblr. Other professionals upload their resumes on LinkedIn, tweet on Twitter and much more.
Even some professions, such as nursing in this example, use the internet to spread the word and raise awareness about the problems they are facing. Nurse career websites like http://nursesalaryguide.net/ are very useful when it comes to choosing a career for yourself. They have great guides covering how to train to be a nurse – and other nurse specialties.
Not only will you get information on how to pursue it, but also the exact salary in each state for several popular nurse specialties. Medical Assistant Salary Advisor is another example in the health sector covering, as you might guess from the name, medical assistant salaries and job prospects.
On top of all that, you can see that trained nurses and other medical personnel are in demand right now, and it seems that that trend is set to continue for at least ten years. These are just a couple of examples of websites actually providing a service and useful information – plus I bet their owners are making some money in the process through advertizing.
As you can see, using the internet to find a new career or expand on the one you already have is entirely possible, and these information sites make it much easier to access the information in one place. This kind of research would have been very time consuming before the internet came along.
It is about time we stopped for a moment and remembered that the internet was designed to help spread useful information. Cat videos came later.
I guess there is no harm in using the web for entertainment purposes but I sometimes worry that our children will grow up in ignorance of just what benefits the internet has to offer.
It is good to step back once in a while and appreciate the truly amazing thing we call the world wide web!