If you spend more than an hour online everyday, it’s your Internet! You are an active Internet user!! And, that is a very powerful tool!!!
As it is said- “With great power comes great responsibility!” it’s also your responsibility to ‘maintain’ it. 🙂
More than anything, it’s easier than you would think!
I see Internet usage broadly in two ways:
While most of the Internet users just ‘take’, it’s only fair enough we ‘give’ once in a while.
This is what most of us do everyday; ‘take’ content from the Internet.
- We login to Gmail, process a few email and sign out.
- We open a news website and read a few articles.
- We open YouTube and watch a video or two.
- We open Facebook and scroll through the feed for an hour.
- We open Flickr or Picasa and check out a few pictures in an album.
- We search in Google when we are looking for something and skim through the sites for information.
All these are the ‘consumption’ activities. Users that do just this can also be called as passive users of the Internet (leech might be inappropriate, heh?).
It’s as good as watching a regular TV.
To keep the Internet active, fresh and lively, it’s important we contribute as well. Make it interactive!
It’s possible we contribute at the same time we consume the content from the biggest ever pool of information.
- Upload pictures of an event/ travel/ pets/ occasions etc., to Photo sharing sites or personal galleries.
- Upload videos to YouTube or any other online location and share.
- Add comments to pictures and videos we watch.
- Participate in discussions where possible.
- Add comments to facebook updates, pictures, videos.
- Share articles, pictures, videos etc., on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.
- Write blogs, add comments, or share the ones of value.
Unless we add more content and just keep consuming the existing one, the Internet experience eventually becomes stale; a long way to go but still possible.
Along side consuming and contributing to the biggest library ever, we can even ‘fine tune’ the Internet to serve better on what you want/ feel/ need/ like/ prefer etc. Most websites/ tools that we use today use intelligent algorithms. So, our feedback is actually put to use and the content is refined.
I personally think networks like Facebook are a huge hit and addiction because they allow us to consume, contribute and fine tune- all at the same time!
- When you receive a spam email, mark it as spam instead of just deleting it and moving on. Spam filters learn by your action and do a better job in the future.
- When you see content on the web that you like, “Like” it if there is an option.
- When you think some content might be useful to somebody else, do not hesitate to “share” it.
- Sharing content can be through email, or social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.
- Find a balance between creating original content and sharing. When we share too much stuff that is useful to nobody (like a picture with just quotes “Hit Like if you think love is beautiful” or “Hit Like if you think cats are cute”) will make Internet think we are all idiots.
- We are not idiots; tell Internet that!
- Share personal experiences, reviews, preferences; as you benefit from other’s content, let others find some content to weigh their options.
Like everything else, there’s a line between doing it and over-doing it. So, of course know how much is too much and consider your privacy preferences before you post your bank statement or bad appraisal letter snapshot on facebook. 😛
If you already ‘contribute’ enough- adda boy! You and I are making Internet a good place! 🙂
If you don’t, and want to, you can start by expressing your thoughts on this very post and/ or by sharing this post with others! 😛