When I think of Google, the Whodini song comes to mind. “Friends, how many of us have them? Friends, ones we can depend on”. I know that if no one can get me through anything that I am unsure of, my good friend Google can. I met Google back in high school and we have been tight ever since. I am so grateful for Google’s parents, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. It was the fourth day of September when they brought Google into this world. A day I will never forget because Google wasn’t the only one birthed that day, my girl Beyoncé was but that’s another story. Google, an internet-related services company, can be used for a variety of things such as, online advertising, information seeking, distributed computing, and interactive programs.
Online advertising with Google’s AdWords enables advertisers to advertise their companies on the Google network. AdSense allows them to make money off of their advertisements. Google Analytics helps them keep track of who all viewed their advertisements. Information seeking on Google through its search engine is dominating all of the search engines in the markets of the United States. Gmail can also be accessed through the search engine, an email service supported by advertisements. Through distributed computing, cloud services are offered to connect and communicate with the internet and other networks. Some of the the interactive programs that Google has to offer are, Gmail (email), Google Drive (office suite), as well Google+(social networking).
Yes, my good friend Google can do it all. I only hang with the best and I have no worries because Google is and will forever be my ride or die.
As many online news media outlets that are out there, very few have mastered what it takes to attract an audience in the right way. As crazy as it may seem, an honest news story doesn’t always attract an audience. Many online publications are aware of that which is why they will taint certain news stories that they are reporting so that it will be more appealing. They may do this in the headlines of their stories to entice readers to click on them. This can be misleading but it is better than altering the content of the news story. Although, there are some online publications that will change their stories to set themselves apart from other online publications that are reporting the same story. This also serves as a trick to the audience to make readers think that a particular online publication is more knowledgeable than the others. Online publications can also attract audiences with follow-up stories because it keeps their readers coming back for more. This enables online publications to establish a relationship with their audience because readers can rest assured that when their favorite online publication is in the know on a particular subject matter, they will be too.
They can track how many people are viewing their site by a variety of things. It can partially be tracked by how many comments or likes a news story will get depending on how the online publication is set up. Overall, page views and unique visitors determine the tracking of viewers. This is attributed to Google Analytics for many online publications and businesses. Google Analytics can track viewership by a monthly or yearly basis. This has definitely made it easier for online publications as opposed to if they had to track these statistics themselves, which would take a lot longer and would be more expensive.
Boy oh boy, how fortunate I am to have grown up in the era of the internet! When I think about my mother and father’s college experience, I can’t help but ask myself how did they make it through their educational pursuits obtaining all of their information for class assignments from books. When I am not sure of the answers to school-related questions, I Google them. It is a convenient way to amass information that I most likely would have a trivial time finding out if depended solely on books or the knowledge of those around me.
I am most familiar with Windows computers because I have used them throughout most of my life. Internet Explorer is the primary web browser for Windows and with the click of a mouse, makes it very simple to navigate. I was first introduced to Mac computers through Georgia State University, whose web browser is Safari. Call me crazy, but I am not a fan of Safari because of their minimize, maximize, and exit buttons on account of the fact that they are color coded.
I don’t remember using Netscape; however, I do remember using AOL, for it was the home page on our household desktop computer when I was in middle school. Netscape was very popular in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s and the creators of it ironic enough established Firefox. AOL is not as popular as it used to be due to advancements in social media. When MySpace peaked in the mid 2000’s, AOL began to decline in popularity.
I remember feeling like a computer genius when I would encrypt codes on my MySpace page layout. I would copy and paste codes listed under cool page layouts but it was very interesting to remove certain parts of the coding and see what part of the page layout would remain. I now know that those codes I encrypted are called HTML. This coding plays a major role in the designs of some of the most common websites we use today. It is so astonishing how we can do certain things on a computer today, learning what all it entails tomorrow.