There is no doubt that the internet is a continuum of technology, sociology, and connections. Even over the last few months there have been some dramatic changes to the internet that WILL influence the websites you visit and therefore probably impact your life and day-to-day interactions. So what is the actual impact of the internet? The impact on people? The impact of life in general?
There are a few well known “Authorities” on the internet which vastly impact the internet’s content and user interaction. Here’s a breakdown of the 4 big players in the internet game.
1. Google – The internet’s number one search engine. During the birth of Google (one of the first search engines around) people questioned the actual use and relevance of a website that finds other websites. But here we are today and Google is the BIGGEST, BADDEST website on the internet and EXTREMELY influential to the sites we visit. If you are ever creating a website, you are in a continual battle to impress Google and do everything right to have any hope of showing up in the top listings!
2. Facebook – That’s right it’s number 2, I won’t be surprised if it finds its way to the top before too long! More and more websites we visit are influenced by personal recommendations made by friends, or what I like to call ‘Social Search’. Facebook is the number one place that this happens. Whether your friend posts an interesting link to his favourite article of the day (this one), or a funny YouTube video he received in an email, statistics say that you are FAR more likely to check out what the fuss is about from Facebook than you are if it appeared in a Google search.
Facebook has just recently released its “like” buttons and “Facebook Connect” buttons to the ENTIRE WEB! Meaning more and more websites are taking advantage of this feature. It allows any old web surfer to click “like” on any article anywhere on the internet which then feeds the information back to Facebook saying “John Smith Liked ‘The Impact Of The Internet’ Article”.
3. Twitter – is another big contender. It is a miniblog system where you simply sign up, and follow anyone you want that has an account. By ‘following’ someone you are gaining access to all their ‘Tweets’ (or updates), a major reason it is so popular is because so many high profile celebrities are using it and you are able to keep informed with exactly what they are doing or thinking in real-time (some people tweet a LOT). All tweets and links within twitter feed back to Google and can even connect with Facebook so naturally Twitter has a MASSIVE impact on both the internet and human interaction.
The webs BIGGEST video sharing portal. YouTube is an extremely Viral network, by viral network I mean with so much link and video sharing going on and ever expanding, a video posted on YouTube can go from no views to hundreds of thousands of views in an instant (although this would be an unlikely case), giving any old chap their 15 minutes of fame. YouTube, now owned by Google, integrates nicely with the above-mentioned networks to provide a never-ending source of entertainment, news, comedy, fame, or sheer stupidity to anyone willing to jump on board.