I've been enjoying the Internet since the early 90s. Truthfully, it hasn't always been a joy. Phone modems that lost connection when a call came in on the line; slow loading pages that ended up containing the wrong information; spam, spam, spam in the email box; and annoying pop-ups (Net Flix is bugging me right now as I type this) are just a few of the pitfalls on the good old "information super highway." But on the flip side, there really are too many benefits to the Web to begin to list, and I don't mean YouTube, so I've been connected continuously for about the past 12 years.
The entertainment and information the Internet makes available are worth the price of admission, which isn't bad if you figure it by the minute. And connecting with communities of all sorts has always been a draw. For the past several years, advances in online application development have brought a new dimension to the Web. The ability for anyone to contribute information and/or opinions to share with the world has changed how we all use the Net.
I'm still a bit of a dabbler. I've posted pictures and videos, made accounts with lots of interactive sites including Facebook and MySpace, and tried to keep up with Twitter. I read blogs and occasionally have something to contribute to the conversation, but I'm not a power blogger, for sure. I think I'm still mainly a consumer more than a producer. I see the value of the Read/Write Web in schools, though, so I'm going to continue to dabble, knowing that it's part of the way of life of our students and promises to be ever more important to new generations.
What about you?
7 years ago