The internet, since discovered as a powerful communication tool has grown, expanded and spread through out the world like wild fire. It has since become arguably the most powerful source of communication and resource. Many people in the world have access to the internet and almost every company has full access to surf the net.
The internet has broadened our horizons in ways we never dreamt to be possible. Advertising on web pages, e-mail, instant chat, video conferencing and many other ways of communicating has evolved through out the years. As most of us know, the internet was developed for the United States army as a source of communication but it soon became public. Take for an example some of the things that we can do on the net. You can log in and instantly see which of your friends are online. You can send them an instant message, e-mail them, chat or make a video call. If you are working online then you can see which of your colleagues are online and work with them.
All these methods are used for communication. Let's look at some of these methods in detail. Take for an example e-mail. E-mail was one of the first ways we started to use the internet. It was not too long ago that we started using this facility. You type what you want and send the mail to the relevant mail address. The message is delivered electronically. It takes a matter of minutes if not seconds for the message to be delivered.
When e-mail first came into the scene it was not possible for you to just walk into any remote computer lab and view your e-mails. But now this is possible with web based e-mail. Companies like Microsoft, Yahoo and G-mail provide free web based e-mail. If you don't mind seeing some advertising on your web page then any one can sign up and use these services free of charge. It is not only as online text that you can send e-mails. Now there is the facility where you can attach files and mail them to who ever you want. You can attach files, folders, wave files, pictures and any other sort of file you can think of provided that the size and format is compatible on both ends. Now it's also possible to encrypt your e-mail messages. Once the file is encrypted it is almost impossible to be viewed by any third party. This depends according to the level of inscription that you place. A 512 or 1024 bit encryption is brick solid and would take a super computer about five years to decode.
The next best thing to e-mail is chatting. Chat services allow you to actually have a live conversation with another person or a group of people. Now it is possible to chat online through the web browser it self. There are many chat services available on the net. Some chat services provide the facility where you can have a private chat with any of your friends. We also find chat services with chat rooms. Most of the providers now separate these chat rooms by names; say romance, cars, technology, medicine or any other topic you can imagine. In chat rooms all your conversations can be seen by other people. This kind of chat is common to all. Chatting is also used within companies and organization for official use.
The next step was video conferencing. You can see and talk to another person or a group of people provided you have a web cam and a head set with a mike. Some providers give this facility totally free of charge. If you have a high speed internet connection the quality of the video will be high. It is actually better than the telephone because you actually get to see the person you're talking too.
All these technological advances exploded during the last few years. The internet has shown us new ways of communication and has actually taken communication to a whole new level. Now it is almost impossible to imagine life or communication with out the internet.