I discuss many topics on this blog and as some of you might have realized by know, one topic I sometimes discuss is blogging. There are more and more blogs and bloggers these days. The question arises why do people decide to blog in the first place? This is an interesting question and I am sure that people are going to answer in many different ways. Some will blog to keep in touch with friend and family, while others will blog so that they will have a chance to present their views to other people. The important thing to keep in mind is to enjoy blogging, because ultimately the best reasons for blogging is simply that you enjoy it.
Yahoo is one of the most prominent search engines in the world, but since Google is currently the number one search engine, Yahoo has to constantly think about improving its search engine in order to compete. One of the features that Yahoo has announced is that it will be allowing others to enhance its search engine experience. The “Open Search Platform”, as it is called, consists of APIs that allows people to modify search results by multiple ways, including images, structured data and additional links. A fully customized website that can be listed in the Open Search Platform can include the rating, address and phone in case of a business and links to particular places such as photos or reviews. Using the APIs tools is interesting, as adding more information to the search results will attract more visitors.
We have seen some very big advances in technology during the last 50 years. A lot has changed and one of the most important changes are computers. These days most computers are connected to the Internet and living without any computers or the Internet would be hard to imagine. However, it is true that computers consume more and electric power. Processors have more and more cores, while graphic cards become faster and faster. The electric power usage is bound to grow due to this and so is our dependency on electric power. I think that while the fact that computers use more and more electric power is not such a great thing, it does not mean that governments should try to discourage people from using electric power. By discouraging people from using electric power, what they are actually doing is limiting access to technology.
One thing that I am going to do about Internet safety for my kids is to set some rules when it comes to the way my children are going to be allowed to use the Internet. I will try to make those rules as simple and as clear as possible so that my children know at all times what it is that I want from them. I want them to know what I expect from them and that I have high expectations and that no exceptions to those rules will be tolerated.
One idea that I have here is to pin a copy of those rules somewhere in a visible place where everybody will have access to it. One of the computers of my kids should be a good place so that they are constantly reminded of the rules they are not supposed to break.
Most things that you can buy online are products, rather than services in a form of access to some information/website. What is typical about many things that people buy online is that they are finished products. A customer who buys such a product knows that all he will receive will be this particular product he is buying. The situation is different with selling access to websites. Usually websites that sell access to their site feature comprehensive articles. They often discuss subject that people in a particular niche are interested in. Such websites also sometimes host small programs that can help people achieve what they are looking for. My opinion is that anyone who is looking for ways to make money online should consider offering access to websites, as well as selling products. Of course, you will need to be able to offer something very useful in order for people to want to pay for access to your website. That might not be easy, as there are millions of websites that do not charge for access to their site. Nonetheless, I am sure there are various niche websites that people are interested in to such a degree that they would not mind paying for. An example of such a website could be an investment portal.
One question I ask myself before every purchase is whether or not I can afford something. Sometimes you might be tempted to buy something, but first you might want to consider whether you can afford it or not. Spending more money than you have is not always such a good idea as you have to pay interest on any loan you take. Even if you do not need to make any payments for the first few months, then ultimately you will still need to pay some interest. If you bough something with the money that you have, then it would simply cost you less than if you buy it with a credit card or by taking a loan.
Those who play computer games probably heard of a computer game called Diablo 3 which sold 10 million copies. I just wanted to post a short article that I wrote a few years ago in which I was predicting that Diablo 3 would be released. It was interesting for me to read it so I am posting it here. Here it is:
Before you get your hopes up I just want to say that this is not official news, but rather I suspect this will be the case, because of a recent event. I am talking about the domain name diablo3.com which Blizzard became suddenly interested in. The site diablo3.com was run by a fan, who invested many years in perfecting the site and accumulated 25,000 community members. Blizzard requested that the site be transferred to them. What is interesting and troubling at the same time is that the webmaster of diablo3.com didn’t request any money for it, even though he had the right to do so in my opinion. In any case, the fact that Blizzard acquired diablo3.com suggests that Diablo 3 is on the way!
One of the things that I like about the Internet is that it offers so many things for free. You can easily find movie clips that you can watch for free, you can download freeware software, and you can visit most websites without spending a dime.
There are also many Internet users that enjoy playing games. There are various casual online games that can be played for free. They range from arcade to strategy games. Everybody can find something for himself and that is really great. Many games allow to chat with other players while playing games. This makes playing such games even more involving.
If you want to have a successful business, then one of the most important things you should remember is that you should be as innovative as possible. These days it is very important and this especially applies to online businesses. The Web is changing each day and this is due to many innovative websites. Internet users may take social networks and chat rooms for granted, but such websites did not exist forever. There had to be a first website started a trend. It might be difficult to be innovative, but it is definitely very rewarding. Here are some things you may want to keep in mind:
-You might want to ask yourself whether you can come up with some innovative ideas. Maybe you already have some ideas, but never really thought about doing something about them.
-Sometimes you might come up with such ideas when you expect it the least. You might be sitting on a bench in a park and suddenly some great idea might come to your mind. As long as you have the right approach, you might be able to get great ideas all day long.
-Think if there is a need for something and nobody has done anything about it. This is more or less how Facebook got created. There was no site that had the same features and was as friendly as this particular social network. It simply filled the void.
When my kids grow a little and they are going to start using the Internet, I am going to be very clear about the rules in place for the use of the Internet. I am going to explain to them who those rules are and I am also going to tell them that those rules are non-negotiable. I am going to be as clear about them as possible.
I believe that it is a good idea to set some sort of punishment for not obeying the Internet rules. One idea that comes to my mind here right now is temporarily preventing my kids from using the Internet for a certain amount of time.