Before our very eyes, an amazing new world has taken shape, an alternate universe where technical communications are ranked right up there with TV sitcoms and popular music.
The Internet has its own language, its own rituals, its own code of ethics and even its own way of punishing outsiders who break the rules. Surfing on the Internet is a fearless excursion through this remarkable new world that can be educational and intimidating at the same time.
Surfing the Internet is simple, it's moving from place to place along the World Wide Web searching for topics of interest. Internet surfing has become a favorite pastime for many users. The links on each page enable the user to virtually start anywhere on the Web and eventually find interesting pages.
The best way to start surfing the Internet is to start with a topic of interest, but you don't have to stick with a specific topic. If something else is more interesting to you, switch topics. That's the beauty of the Internet; the world is really your oyster with unlimited possibilities.
Today, everyone is expected to up to speed on Internet search techniques, but with the ever-changing Web, it is sometimes hard to surf efficiently. This has been my problem in the past; however, I found several tips that have helped me surf the Internet smarter and more efficiently.
1. Use unique, specific terms don't generalize, be specific
2. Use the minus operator (-) to narrow the search if searching for the insect caterpillar, references to Caterpillar, Inc. will also show up. To eliminate this use caterpillar Inc
3. Use quotation marks for exact phrases
4. Don't use common words and punctuation
5. Capitalization search engines don't distinguish between uppercase and lowercase
6. Drop the suffixes
7. Customize your searches
8. Use browser history many times you have already found what you are looking for and the link will be in your browser history
9. Set a time limit then change tactics there are times when you can never find what you are looking for. It is important to limit the amount of time you search. When you have reached your time limit, try a different tactic for searching.
It comes down to this: any tool is only as useful as the person using it. The same goes for surfing the Internet. Search engines try and place the most relevant result at the top of the list, but if your search terms are to broad or unclear, the results will not be helpful.
The Internet is a great equalizer for those who know how to use it, but it is up to each individual to learn how to make your searches both fast and effective.