Feb 02 2010
I Love the Internet
In yesterday’s reading, Medicine, I gave three links to sites on the Internet where you can get information about medications–how to take them, what side effects they have, who shouldn’t take them, what they are for, etc.
The Internet is a wonderful place to get information. I use Google to find things on the World Wide Web because it is my favorite search engine. In fact, it is the only one that I use. You can use a search engine by putting in the words you are looking for, and the search engine will examine its memory and give you a list of all the webpages that have those words on them. Google uses a method which usually puts the webpage you want at the top of the list. I remember back in 2000 when Google said it could search 1 billion webpages. Now, although Google no longer says how many webpages it searches, estimates are that the number is up to 40 to 60 billion, and Google has explained it has found 1 trillion (1,000,000,000,000) different webpages, although it doesn’t search them all.
Many people have websites now. Anyone can put anything on a webpage, so of course you have to be careful to make sure you get your information from a website that is accurate. I use Google to find all kinds of information. My husband laughs at me now because whenever he asks me a question, I go to the computer to find the answer. All government agencies, all large companies, museums, and even many restaurants are on the Internet. You can find out the symptoms of a disease, how much your old car is worth, how many people live in France, what time the bank is open, how to make pizza, and so on.
I am planning to make a few lessons about the Internet, Internet searching, and so on. Do you use the Internet now? What do you do on the Internet? If you don’t know how to use the Internet, what would you like to learn? What kinds of websites do you want to visit?