The world is ever-changing and with the advent of digital technology, it is changing at a very fast pace. What was once taking a few months to send, now takes seconds. Today, more than ever, Internet communication has made sure to connect people from two opposite sides of the earth with no problem at all. In the following, we will further elaborate on Internet communication in three parts.
Now, let’s see the internet communication definition first. Internet communication is referred to as the sharing of information, ideas, or simply words over the World Wide Web, or the Internet. The Internet consists of a worldwide string of connected networks that exchanges data through packet switching using the standardized Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP). Unlike before, people can stay at home and be connected to his or her family, friends, and even colleagues from anywhere around the world.
Communication on the internet has significantly more advantages than disadvantages. For one, you can be at the comfort of your own house drinking coffee and having a conference call with your clients or bosses which save you transportation, meal, and even laundry costs. You get the point.
Versatility – As we have mentioned, internet communication is 24/7, as long as you’re connected to the web. When doing business, this can definitely help when emergency situations occur, especially in the world of social media advertising where one second of bad publicity seems like eternity.
Leveling – Let’s face it – some people are more comfortable talking behind their keyboards than they do in person, thus enabling the reserved ones to produce well drawn out thoughts and not get intimidated by “loud” people. This can also give them the sense of satisfaction (saying what they want to say with no one looking at them or giving them the “eye”) than when they are more likely to feel awkward in person.
Well-documented – Unlike usual face-to-face conversations, communication on the internet is well-documented, thus creating a more responsible environment where people are held accountable for their words.
Growing Community – Like all forms of communication, everyone can be shy at first. However, in the case of internet communication, people are more likely to be supportive and engaged in discussions than the other communication forms.
With the advent of high-speed internet connections, the internet has created more ways of instant communications that provide a vast option of information sharing.
Social Media Sites – This is a no-brainer. Almost everyone with access to the web has a social media account. Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or what have you, a single post can connect you to a friend or loved one through means of “liking”, “sharing”, or “commenting”.
Instant Messaging – Instant message, or IM, is sending a real-time message from one user to another. Examples are Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, or the millennial-crush Snapchat.
E-mail – Electronic mail, is the techy version of the traditional mail. This is more likely to be performed when engaging with a person officially, be it conducting a business, heeding for certain requests, or just simply saying “Hi”.
Chat Rooms – Before the rise of Social Media, chat rooms were the golden boys of the internet. It’s the equivalent of partying and getting to know each other where people come together to communicate in the same “room”.
Forum – Forums are specifically directed to people who have questions or want to start an idea or thought through group discussions. Each post is classified as a thread and is normally monitored by a mod, or moderator, who can either edit or remove unnecessary posts that are irrelevant to the discussion at hand.
Blog – Consider this as your pre-internet, journal or diary. Before, a journal zooms in on one person’s life story. Now, a blog is used for more than life-sharing – people do blogs to earn money by promoting products, information-sharing, giving tutorial, and even making political statements. People can comment and subscribe to their blogs if they like the contents.
Internet Conference – Internet conference can be divided into two parts – audio and video. In audio conferencing, people are exchanging dialogues via microphones and speakers. This is the equivalent of a phone call but is more flexible considering phone calls charge higher when it’s beyond local, while audio conference applications such as Skype, can do so charge-free. The other means to do internet conferences is video conferencing. It is practically the same as audio conferencing but with both parties seeing each other through a web camera. Applications like Skype, ezTalks and many more provide both audio and video conferences in their services, which are good for both long-distance family talks and business ventures.