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  1. 1. The Internet<br />“The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.”  Bill Gates<br />What is the internet?<br />A global computer network providing a variety of information and communication facilities, consisting of interconnected networks using standardized communication protocols<br />What is a Search Engine?<br />A program for the retrieval of data from a database or network, esp. the Internet<br />(June 2011 Stats) Google Search in the US Alone: 10.9 Billion (Total of all: 16.7 Billion)<br />(June 2011 Stats) In the top visited US Sites Google is second most visted<br />How do I use Search Engines?<br />Common search engines:,,,, & more<br />Search Tips:<br />When using your favourite search engine you may want to find something very specific out.<br />Definitions – define:[item]<br />e.g. define: search (definition of search)<br />Specific Site – site:[site url excluding www] [item] <br />e.g. carrot (searching for carrot on<br />Specific Phrase – “[item]”<br />e.g. “to be or not to be” (finds that shakespear quote)<br />Track Flight Status – [airline] [flight number]<br />e.g. kulula kh4562<br />Convert (currency,weight,etc) – [item] in [item to convert to]<br />e.g. 10 US dollars in South African Rand<br />Time – [What time is it] [location]<br />e.g. what time is it in hong kong<br />Using Email:<br />Email is something the majority of internet users know and use. This is something most of us are familiar with are fairly adept in the knowledge of the email program or site we use.<br />Types of email Mediums:<br />Domain Based: This is typically email addressed used by companies that want the email addresses on the same domain as their website. This gives a more professional image when communicating.<br />e.g. if the website is, the email addresses will be [user]<br />Webmail (Web Based Email): These are email services accessed via website like Google Mail, Yahoo Mail, Windows Live Mail, etc.<br />e.g. accounts at Google would look like this [user]<br />(June 2011 Stats) Google Mail, Yahoo Mail and Windows Live Mail all appear in the Top 10 most visited sites in the US<br />Note: domain based emails often have their own webmail aswell<br />What you should not email:<br /><ul><li>Chain Mail
  2. 2. Delivery and Read Receipted Email
  3. 3. Emails containing URGENT or IMPORTANT in the subject line
  4. 4. Hatemail
  5. 5. Virus Hoaxes and other spam</li></ul>Email Guidelines:<br /><ul><li>Be concise and to the point
  6. 6. Answer all questions and pre-empt further questions
  7. 7. Answer swiftly
  8. 8. Do not attach unnecessary files
  9. 9. Do not overuse the “High Priority” option
  10. 10. Do not write in CAPITALS
  11. 11. Read the email before you send it
  12. 12. Do not overuse the “Reply to all” function
  13. 13. Take care when using abbreviations
  14. 14. Use a meaningful subject
  15. 15. Keep your language gender neutral</li></ul>Blogs:<br />What is a blog? A personal website on which an individual records opinions, links to other sites, etc. on a regular basis (your own personal space on the web to do with what you want)<br />Be sure to remember you can post whatever you want to on your blog but always proceed with caution as you do not want to create a bad name for yourself or deter people from reading your blog. <br />Some blogs may be controversial and that is the purpose of it, under that circumstance posting constaversial information would be appropriate, additionally you would more than likely not want the controversial blog with your name slapped on the front, again if you want to be known as controversial then have the blog in your name<br />Blogs like blogger (blogspot) and tumblr are very popular.<br />Forums:<br />An Internet forum, or message board, is an online discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages. They differ from chat rooms in that messages are at least temporarily archived. Also, depending on the access level of a user or the forum set-up, a posted message might need to be approved by a moderator before it becomes visible.<br />Forums have a specific set of jargon associated with them; e.g. a single conversation is called a "thread."<br />A forum is hierarchical or tree-like in structure: a forum can contain a number of subforums, each of which may have several topics. Within a forum's topic, each new discussion started is called a thread, and can be replied to by as many people as wish to.<br />Many People interact through forums online, these are based around specific topics where people discuss them, each individual views and shares information with others in a type of online conversation.<br />Rules like the email guidelines are always good to follow when posting anything online. You don’t want to entice flamewars and hatespeech on a forum unless the forum is designed for debates,etc.<br />Social Networking:<br />Handled in depth in Session 1<br />Twitter is just a multiplayer notepad.  ~Ben Maddox (NYU - Associate Vice President for Global Technology)<br />(June 2011 Stats) In the top visited US websites Facebook is ranked the highest (yes, even higher than Google) it also is the highest search term globally with nearly 3 times more searches than the 2nd ranked search term “youtube”. Facebook takes up in a variation of search terms, four different spots on the list of top 10 searches globally (1. facebook, 3. Facebook login, 5., 8. Youtube featuring twice (2. Youtube and 10. You tube)<br />Speaker Personal Note: Explain briefly how we can “get connected” with these networks and why we would want to<br />Note: The email guidelines are also very useful here too as you are interacting with people and you don’t want to come across in the wrong way or irritate people.<br />Some common social networks we use in South Africa:<br /><ul><li>Flickr
  16. 16. Facebook
  17. 17. Youtube
  18. 18. Twitter
  19. 19. Linkedin</li></ul>Some Social Networks used and are Local to South Africa:<br /><ul><li>For Good (Local helping hand community type of Network where features like a local map of who’s doing what where you can get involved in and being able to host and join various charity type events)
  20. 20. Blueworld (Similar to MySpace)
  21. 21. MySpot (Slightly Similar to Facebook)
  22. 22. The Grid (Similar to foursquare)</li></ul>Newsfeeds:<br />Newsfeeds are continuing to become more and more popular with people wanting to follow a specific trend, brand, news, celebrity, etc.<br />The news you want to read is now in your pocket, with mobile phones, tablets and laptops the ability to follow these RSS* feeds from your preferred mobile device or RSS reader.<br />*RSS feeds are a type of newsfeed your device or preferred news reader subscribes to.<br />Speaker personal note: Show Google Reader as example<br />Information Sources<br />Definitions from Wikipedia (<br />Business Know How (<br />The Search Engine List (<br />Comscore (<br />Hitwise (<br />