The Power of The Internet: Using the Web To Your Advantage

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Everywhere we go in today’s world; we are always connected to the Internet. But so few of us use this tool to its full potential. Here are some tips to help you turn the internet into a great boon, and in the process, to make your life easier.

Information –

Of course, the Internet is well known for being filled with juicy information. But sometimes scraping up exactly what you need can be hard. Most search engines provide ample results when you search for something like “cheap cars” but most of what you will see isn’t relevant. We need more detail! When searching for specific information, be very detailed in your search. You don’t need to write a grammatically correct sentence; it can be a list of keywords. Computers don’t read like we do, and they don’t care about readability.

You can search for anything on the internet, and you’ll usually get some results. Be creative with what you search, and use multiple search attempts with different terms, if you don’t find what you need.

Places –

The best way to find an address, restaurant, hotel, or any other place, is with Google Maps. You don’t need a phone to use services like this, as most can operate in browser. These tools allow you to search for places using names and addresses and can give you routes to get there.

These services can also provide reviews of food places, bars, and hotels. Which means that, if used correctly, they can plan a whole trip for you.

If you have a smartphone, it’s even better. You can use maps services as a GPS, or “sat nav.” So, wherever you are in the world, you can always find home or a bite to eat!

Products –

Google wins out again when it comes to finding products. Using the normal search tool, you can search for product names, and then use the shopping section to find the cheapest option. This works well if you’re sure about what you want.

As a good way to choose a product, you can use Amazon and Ebay to find loads of options. And then go back to google, and find the lowest price.

The internet is full of video and text reviews, for all kinds of products. Whether you want to look for a video comparing “Toro vs John Deere mowers,” or an article to find “The Best Smartphone,” all you need to do is search. Use Youtube for videos, but branch out for text reviews. Loads of small blog sites have great reviews that go nice and in depth.

Movies and TV –

The Internet plays host to hundreds of movie review sites, all waiting to give you something to watch! Use tools like IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes to look up movies you already want to see or to inspire you to watch movies you haven’t thought about.

Once you’ve found something to watch, you’ll need somewhere to watch it. Sites like Netflix and Google offer subscription based systems, so you to watch anything in their selection.

You’ll be surprised at how much you start using the web, the more you get used to it. Using a tool like this has a learning curve, so be patient, and you’ll see the results. Do some research and find methods that work for you!