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Social Media – A Quick Look

Social Media

Social Media

What is Social Media? “Social media refers to the means of interactions among people in which they create, share, exchange contents among themselves in virtual communities and networks.”, Wikipedia. How do we access this social media? You can join an ever growing number of sites below are just a select few:

  1. Facebook
  2. Google +
  3. Twitter

The internet’s power is growing just like social media and what comes with this is the chance your identity or privacy maybe jeopardised if you are not careful in knowing some of the risks. That is where you come to the pro’s and con’s. It really is a game where you must keep on top of when policies or updates are made and such settings get changed and therefore you have to change them at the same time being always weary of such things. The major upside of social media is that it is a great way to keep in contact and also reconnect with people who were once in your life. For instance, Facebook has brought many friends and even families together that had lost contact. It is also a great way to share memories like photo’s and thoughts, share birthday wishes and the like with your status updates. Although this post is a very quick look at Social Media as a whole it can be quite effective medium on many levels. This all depends on how you want to utilise this great diverse tool and if you keep on top of looking after your profile by keeping it protected (settings) your experience should be in general positive.

With all things being equal its still of great concern its needs to be warned that your settings need to be tightened which can be a test in itself getting around those but also the privacy factor and how to lock down a profile? A profile is your identity that you create so others can view what you post to be seen either by your friend list only or if your unlucky in not tightening things for the public in general. Tightening a profile is another story which can only be in a lengthy how to or short course with how many options one must do to complete this task properly but also thoroughly.

The Internet

The Internet

The Internet

What is the Internet?

The Internet stands for “interconnection of computer networks”. It is a made of a mass connection of personal, business and Government computers. The Internet was first started in the 1960’s under the original name of “ARPAnet”. It was originally a US military experiment to see how communication can occur if a nuclear strike happened. As time passes by the military experiment became a civilian one using Universities. The Internet has grown exponentially at the same time of the 1980’s and 1990’s coinciding with personal computers becoming mainstream. The internet of 2012 is more like a public spider web making it a network of all networks. The good thing about the Internet is no single person or body owns it. The perceived good and bad thing is that no single Government has any authority. The only authority a Government do have is if a webpage/website (the computer the content is shared from) on the internet resides within a country with a set of laws and they must answer to them.

The Internet and the Web

The web is the ability to view content on public web pages. Web pages are written so that our Internet Browsers (like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome, Safari etc) can display its content. The Internet allows us to have a connection to be able to communicate or visit these web pages. The web is based on on hypertext transfer protocol, the language which allows you and me to “jump” (hyperlink) to any other public web page. There are now an estimated 40 billion sites that can be viewed on the Web.

How does the Internet work?

Even though the Internet is still a young technology, it’s hard to imagine life without it now. Every year, engineers create more devices to integrate with the Internet. This network of networks criss-crosses the globe and even extends into space. But what makes it work?

To understand the Internet, it helps to look at it as a system with two main components. The first of those components is hardware. That includes everything from the cables that carry terabites of information every second to the computer sitting in front of you.

Other types of hardware that support the Internet include routers, servers, cell phone towers, satellites, radios, smartphones and other devices. All these devices together create the network of networks. The Internet is a malleable system — it changes in little ways as elements join and leave networks around the world. Some of those elements may stay fairly static and make up the backbone of the Internet. Others are more peripheral.

These elements are connections. Some are end points — the computer, smartphone or other device you’re using to read this may count as one. We call those end points clients. Machines that store the information we seek on the Internet are servers. Other elements are nodes which serve as a connecting point along a route of traffic. And then there are the transmission lines which can be physical, as in the case of cables and fiber optics, or they can be wireless signals from satellites, cell phone or 4G towers, or radios.

All of this hardware wouldn’t create a network without the second component of the Internet: the protocols. Protocols are sets of rules that machines follow to complete tasks. Without a common set of protocols that all machines connected to the Internet must follow, communication between devices couldn’t happen. The various machines would be unable to understand one another or even send information in a meaningful way. The protocols provide both the method and a common language for machines to use to transmit data.

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  Internet Abbreviations

Internet Abbreviations

  • BRB – be right back
  • BIO – going for bio break (washroom break)
  • AFK – away from keyboard (I am gone for a few minutes)
  • BTW – by the way
  • KK – OK (commonly used by online gamers to acknowledge that a message has been received)
  • TTYL – talk to you later
  • BFN – bye for now
  • TTFN – ta-ta for now
  • BFF – best friends, forever
  • DH – darling husband
  • CYA – see ya (or it could also be: cover your a*s)
  • CUL8R – see you later
  • IBTL – in before the lock (for when you post a message prior to the administrator locking the heated discussion thread)
  • IMHO – in my humble opinion
  • IMNSHO – in my not so humble opinion
  • FMV – fair market value (for selling items online)
  • LOL – laughing out loud
  • MT – mistell (commonly used by online gamers to say that they made a mistake and mistyped their last message)
  • NWT – new with tags (for selling items online)
  • NWOT – new without tags (for selling items online)
  • OOAK – one of a kind (for selling items online)
  • PMSL – P*ssing myself laughing (a common UK expression)
  • QFT – quoted for truth (a compliment to another person on the forum)
  • ROFL – rolling on floor laughing
  • ROFLMAO – rolling on floor laughing my a*s off
  • RTM – read the manual
  • RTFM – read the f***ing manual (to show frustration at someone’s ignorance of basic knowledge)
  • GG – good game
  • THX – thanks
  • TX – thanks
  • TY – thank you
  • NP – no problem/you’re welcome
  • PLZ – please
  • W/E – whatever
  • ASL – age / sex / location?
  • RL – real life
  • IRL – in real life
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