Although the Internet is central to many people’s lives in today’s society, many are unaware of how this technology evolved. In its infancy, the Internet was really nothing more than computers linked together by limited networks. Users could then share basic information within these small networks. However, networks began to expand and the Internet really took off with the creation of Internet service providers.
Today, the Internet is much more than simple shared files. Countless websites now exist with countless other methods existing to make money with this technology. Many entrepreneurs have made big money by harnessing the power of such tools as affiliate marketing and other lucrative businesses. An interesting development with the Internet is the ever increasing trend of telecommuting – which basically means working for a company from a distance using the Internet. Employees can now work from home for businesses across the country and the world, thus vastly expanding their earning potential.
However, many people use the Internet simply as a socializing tool. For example, the Internet realm is currently in the midst of a social networking frenzy. People of all ages are jumping online to join various social networks to communicate with friends and keep tabs on enemies. This social networking explosion has also greatly benefited the business world. Not only do businesses use these websites as a marketing tool to communicate with current and potential customers but employers use these sites as a screening tool in the employee hiring process.
Of course, the Internet isn’t without its problems. Scams and viruses flood the online world, fighting to trick users into providing personal information. Many attempts have been made to catch the creators of dishonest Internet practices, and while some attempts have been successful, the expanse of the online world makes it very difficult to catch wrongdoers.