The internet is constantly growing and evolving. It started off small, but now it’s so huge and lets us do so many different things that for many millions of us, it’s a key part of day-to-day life. But, the internet hasn’t always been this way. There have been many innovations along the way that have helped make it what it is today.
Social media has revolutionized the way we communicate with each other. Today, it is the primary method of communication for a countless number of users around the world. It forges connections between people and brings people from all walks of life together, enabling them to share a wide variety of content, from simple text-based messages, to photos, videos and more. Social media is one of the biggest ever and most used internet innovations. Facebook.com alone has been reported to have over two billion users logging in every month.
E-commerce has transformed the way in which many of us shop. While physical businesses will always be around, they find it almost impossible to compete with the huge advantages online shopping offers. From discounted prices and unique promotions, to an endless offering and a 24/7 availability, online shopping has made our lives much easier and convenient.
Live streaming has brought live broadcasting to every online device and has made it as accessible as can be. Anyone can broadcast live just about anything and anyone can watch a live broadcast of just about anything from their computer or mobile device. From football matches to live concerts to online games, live streaming is everywhere. Want to watch your favorite football team play? go to their website and you can watch them play with live streaming. Want to watch your favorite gamer play? chances are you can go to his Youtube channel and watch his live broadcast at almost all hours of the day. Want to play roulette from home with a real casino feel? no problem. Live streaming technology lets you play online live roulette from your computer or even mobile device. So you see how the possibilities are endless.
Once upon a time, many years ago, people used to sit around a table and play games with each other. Then came video games and people played alone with the computer or their mobile device. Multiplayer games have brought the social aspect back into online gaming. Thanks to multiplayer games, you can play your favorite online game with your friends, family or complete strangers who share nothing with you but your passion for the game. You can be a part of a community of gamers, play with them, interact and even meet online. Multiplayer games brought the social aspect back into games.
The internet of things (IOT)
While the internet is largely about communication between people, it’s fast becoming about communication between people and objects. The ‘internet of things’ refers to the growing trend of ordinary, everyday objects being embedded with internet connection. This way, they can be controlled, adjusted and maintained remotely. They can also communicate back to us by relaying various bits of information through the internet. Many regard the internet of things as the biggest innovation yet because it extends the reach of the internet beyond devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers.