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In a complex system where personal details are mixed with the most outlandish theories ever subscribed to by humankind, and beyond, if the stories are really true. Navigating a successful exploration of the internet can make an entertaining adventure.
In order to learn to sail we could practise in a safe harbour. With close friends and family. As you fly farther from the nest, some amount of independence is required as the rule book opens. The Burbs has it’s own systems and need to know secrets, you need to know where to cruise and how to hang. Then there are the secret groups and the hidden places. These areas, so well hidden from public view that only the chosen are selected seemingly not even to be seen as a member.
The incredible population of this warren of cul-de-sac suburbia that is Facebook, it’s own mass has established itself as a populous in it’s own right. Apart from the system and yet within the system.
To better understand this I would recommend joining as many Facebook Groups as possible. Remember that Secret Groups are the only truly anonymous groups. No one will know you are in it outside of that group. Closed Groups will show your profile is a member. This is most relevant should a Friend be in this group or looking into joining it. If it is the latter you may be the lucky person to admit them. Or not admit them 😈
Get Off Facebook.
Explore the vast frontier that is The Internet Bring back what you find to your own end but create outposts away from Facebook. Possibly Twitter or Tumblr or YouTube or SoundCloud even stake your claim on the internet by way of a website of your own.
When an account is needed for any and all websites these days, keep your main inbox free of spam and junk by using a temporary inbox from Guerrilla Mail
Guerrilla Mail gives you an inbox for 60 minutes by using a never ending list of self generated e-mail addresses suffixed with their Sharklazers tag. Keep this tab open whilst you create any account and test the waters of a new forum or some such, then decide whether or not to sign up for real or leave it be.
No spam or newsletters for you.
The internet is the realisation of the emergence of instant communication with the sum of all human knowledge.
It is the cost of a telephone line, or a visit to the local library or a mobile phone signal. 100% global connection will happen if not already. For many it is free.
When the internet was starting to be spoken about. I asked “But what can you do on it?” It might sound naïve looking back, but then it was a only concept in my head. I remember trying to understand “how was it accessed?” A search engine was not heard of. No Google no Internet Explorer. When I did have my first attempts to use the internet, these were usually dogged by nags about taking up the phone line. Images were a job too at 56kb/s. Cameras were still on film and video was confined to the TV.
The Dawning Of The Age Of Information
The distance is always increasing between those who are and those who are not digitally native. It is important that the gaps are not manifested in understanding of the internet.
Ask yourself “What can you do on it?” If you don’t know immediately, people will and have already put up what they think you will enjoy. You may enjoy these things just remember that it is you who enjoys it.
Ensure that you be the explorers for yourself. Don’t so much ask or be given the question, go on out and find it and the answers yourself. By doing so, you uncover rocks and trips, some huge pitfalls and glorious surprises along the way. You learn to recognise the power and respect it. You can become a better guide.
Don’t stop learning
Recognise when you are being fed information rather than getting it yourself. Both are fine but only when you know the difference.
One way to tell is that when you get information for yourself there will be a trail of breadcrumbs leading up to the ‘Eureka’ moment. It may feel more rewarding. When information is being fed to you that ‘Eureka’ moment can still happen but you may be less aware of it and it could be contaminated by the source.
Any way you can, put something that you feel true onto the internet. This encourages you to explore naturally.
Do this anonymously.
Do this yourself.
Do this outside of mainstream Social Media.
Do this on mainstream Social Media.
Do all of these.
So, the question with regards to the internet.
“But, what can you do on it?”
“Anything you want!”