The world wide web
2. What makes up the WWW?
3. Message Boards
4. What's the internet for?
5. What's on WWW for you?
6. Instant messaging.
7. Getting on the internet
9. E mail
The most popular uses of the internet are e-mail, the world
wide web, chat and message boards.
E-mail allows you to send electronic messages that arrive
across the world in a matter of minutes. The first e-mail
was sent in 1971 between two computers sitting right next
to each other. Nowadays millions of people have e-mail addresses
which you can recognise by the @ symbol that sits in the middle
of them. The great thing about e-mail is that you don't have
to pay for each e-mail like you do with each stamp on a letter
you post, or with each text message you send. Another advantage
is that it's quick. If you send an e-mail right now, it can
reach someone on the other side of the world in seconds.
The world wide web lets you browse pages with text, pictures,
sound and video all across the net. Before the world wide
web, using the internet was something only very technically
minded people did. Because the internet was based on a text-based
code, you couldn't see or click on words or pictures. Needless
to say, it wasn't very user-friendly. In 1989, Tim Berners-Lee
invented the world wide web.
The web is made up of millions of pages with text images,
audio and video. The world wide web allows you to easily jump
from one page to another by clicking on links with your mouse.
of web pages on a computer is called a website. There are
many special websites called search engines that help you
find the websites or web pages you need. They are like telephone
directories or libraries that list relevant pages under key
The web is a great source of up-to-date news and information.
You can find exactly the news you want and it will be available
exactly when you want it. No more waiting for the next news
bulletin on TV. The web is also a great source of educational
and entertaining material. There are websites out there for
kids and adults about everything from history to sport. The
web also brings the shop front to your monitor. You can use
all kinds of web pages to find, choose, and purchase products
and services from flowers and books to groceries and gifts.
Multimedia is also very big on the web, with audio players,
video players and interactive programs letting you play games,
listen to music and watch video - all via the world wide web.
Message boards provide you with space to post and reply to
notes and messages that the whole world can see. Message boards
are a great place to post questions, comments or notices for
everyone to see, and you don't need any special technical
skills to use them. People will often go to message boards
with questions so that other message board users can reply
with an answer. If you happen to be on a message board, maybe
you'll be able to reply.
Chat programs allow you and your friends to communicate by
instantly viewing what each other types onto the screen from
different computers. The difference between chat and message
boards is that chat is live. With chat you type a message
and then when you press enter, everyone you are chatting with
can see it straight away. To see the chat, everyone needs
to be in the same online chat room. A chat room is a website
that hosts chat conversations rather than a real life room
that you have to go into to speak to other people. However,
if you aren't logged into the same room as your friends, then
you can't chat to them.
Much like chat rooms, you can also use instant messaging programs
to chat. These are small programs that sit on your computer
and act like personal chat rooms that let you know when your
friends go online. You chat to them by typing when they're
online at the same time as you. Instant messaging programs
even allow you to hear audio and see video of your friends
as you chat.
The most obvious things you need to go online are a computer,
a modem and a phone line.
is a special piece of hardware which plugs into the phone
line and allows your computer to talk to other computers.
Your modem allows your computer to connect to an ISP - the
company which connects you to the internet. There are thousands
of ISPs to choose from.
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