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Internet – A Luxury or A Necessity?

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There was once a time when we had to wait days and maybe months until a letter could be sent all the way to the London Bridge from California. Our means of communication was slow, unreliable and unstable. There was no assurance of the other person even getting a letter – the rain, mice, and postman himself could just sabotage the letters on a conscious or unconscious level. That was when telephones came into existence and made our lives easier to a great extent.

We were able to call anyone we wanted without having to leave our houses even. As modernization excelled in comforting our lives more and more – internet – the answer to everything came into play. Internet gave us answers to everything we wanted to know; it helped cure our curiosities about the world and let us discuss ideas all around the world. We could go global in one go and be in touch with more than one person at the same time. News, games, entertainment, health – internet just covered it all. It was the next big thing.

Dial-up internet was quite a luxury back in the age. We’d sit in front of our computer screens and connect to yahoo chat rooms only to ask random strangers ‘why their favorite colour was red’. It was fun and all; a leisure time thing. It was just something most of us acquired as a source of entertainment. It was a tool for the rich and those who wanted to act fancy. Oh, I chatted with someone from blah blah country. It was fun. Wasn’t it about that mostly? And if not that then it was about the new online car or Barbie game. It was a luxury.

But now!?

Where does our relationship with the internet stand now?

Back in 1996 when the ‘world wide web’ was created – if you have any memory of the time of course – you had to wait a lot just so you could laugh at the first ever meme. The pages took a lot of time to load and oh my god the graphics!!! It was a miracle our eyes didn’t lose sight looking at them. Those fuzzy graphics were one of the main reasons an extra screen was used by many people to block the harmful rays and lights that could affect one’s eyes for staring at the computer for too long. While many of you might not have been even a seedling at that time I was playing cricket with my friends at the tender age. I remember my parents not wanting me to be an ‘indoor kid’ and waste my eyes because damn those things weakened the sight some Billy named kid from the neighbourhood. And let’s be clear about one thing – no matter how much we revolutionize, modernize or digitalize – parents would always be parents; they would always be filled with paranoia and would want to protect us from the world and all bad no matter how old we might get. Just last weekend at a family dinner my mum told me I have lost too much weight when in reality I have gained 5lbs – so yeah…you get my point, right?

Anyway, back in the day if I ever wanted to comment on anything I had to send an email for that. Can you believe that? The servers weren’t as fast or reliable and it was never thought to be their fault because we were the type of people who went like oh our phone line is shared and thus just crappy but it’s okay. The HTML back then was easy and I know this because well my dad was cool enough to work on a computer. Haha. So, yes, the HTML coding was quite simple back then but it too did test one’s patience to a great extent. This one time my dad banged his fist on the table because it was taking too much time. Idk, if he thought it would make the computer be faster or something but I have seen our ancestors have such traits quite often. It’s just ridiculously funny. In childhood, I too once punched the television thinking it would make the fuzz go away. It kind of did so I don’t really know if it works or not. Ah, memories.

However, one thing was for sure and that was our predictions of the internet being the big thing that would one day be the world of each and every major publication, retailer and TV networks – and that too with so many services we could not even imagine as much. Yet, we knew…we knew that we’d be surprised.

Today, we live in the age of the internet. The percentage of internet usage has increased by manifolds and if we just compare even ourselves and remember the amount of time we spent on the internet back then was just a minor 5% of how much of our day and lives are structured all around it. Today, we have everything we need on the internet. Home education is easier because of the internet and plus it helps us save a large amount of money, time and effort as well.

Internet helps us as a;

Communicative Medium

We can connect with whoever and wherever from anywhere in the world. We don’t have to go to the airport or use the metro just to meet a relative or loved one for an hour or a few days. It is indeed fun, yes, but we can’t always spend that much money, right?

The Internet is the ultimate solution to that problem. We have so many mediums of talking today spread all over the internet like a spider’s web. We can keep in touch with anyone via Facebook on daily basis. Just a like or a single comment can help the other person feel connected to you easily. It’s just like being a part of their lives on daily basis. You get to see your school life’s new friends, your old memories with them and new interests as well as disinterests at a single click. And it doesn’t just end there. You can make an online CV and make the consumers come to you and ask you to join their companies via LinkedIn etc. If it’s been too long since you saw your partner and you work in different states then all you need to do is Skype and bam. You can get as close as you want; talk your hearts out. Talk to as many people as you want without any tension of having a limited amount of text messages available to you via Whatsapp and Viber. I personally love that now you can bold, italicize or strike through anything you want on Whatsapp, Moreover, it now has video calling and stories as well. And oh when we talk about stories how can we forget the Snap Chat stories?

And it is all available to us only if we have an internet connection. Internet speeds vary from connection to connection and so do the prices so you need to be sure that you get an affordable and good internet connection like Digital TV Bundles, CenturyLink or Xfinity – depending on your range and area.

News Board

Tired of having to skim through the newspaper every day just to find something you might want to know? I mean I for one really wish the newspaper just talked and told me which page to open without me having to skim it a bit before finding something worth a read.

Well, once again, the internet is the solution to it as well. The Internet is the ultimate bulletin to all sorts of news – good, bad, dark, light, dirty and gore. All you need to do is search. For instance, when the Kenneka Jenkins was found dead in a freezer. It created quite a hush among the masses and one article wasn’t enough for us, was it? If it hadn’t been the internet many of us might not have read or known as much as we know now.

The internet has given many of us the freedom of speech in its truest forms as no one can influence our writings with his or her wealthy family statuses. So, yes, the internet is the best news board we can get. The Gaza attack wasn’t as viral or known until someone spoke out on the internet and all of a sudden our eyes turned to the place. The examples are countless.

Literary Panel

If you wish to read a book but you don’t have the cost to buy it – easy peasy – just find its Pdf version over the internet. Whether you want to read new stuff or write new unexplored things or explored things with a new touch – the internet is your go-to place. Watt pad and many such sites are promoting new writers and if you have enough readers and good remarks you might just get enough points to be credited as an actual author.

Now you do not need to run after publishing houses – your royalties, your own conditions and all that for free! You don’t have to give a huge lump sum to get your own amazing writing be published and read.

Kitchen Utensil

It is totally all right if you are not as good a cook as your mum because trust me even for that the internet has a solution. There are a zillion recipes and cooking hacks on the internet to help you bring more taste to the table. You can make so many things within a 5-minute frame for your guests now and surprise them with your skills.

Make your significant feel special by cooking them a special meal. You don’t have to beg your neighbor for their special recipe. Just cook alongside a tutorial sitting online waiting for you to discover it.

Movie Theatre

Watch your favorite movie as many times as you want – no one’s judging you. Have a friends’ night out and watch movies, dance to songs and binge on seasons as much as you all would like to with the help of your internet service. Make a movie theatre within the four walls of your home and have an endless supply of popcorn, drinks and pause that scene when you need to take a pee break. Could life get any better than this?

I don’t think so and all this at a single click. What more could you ask for?

Artist’s Corner

If you want to learn a new instrument or painting or literally any artsy thing – all you need to do is join an online course for the matter. There are many free online courses for graphic designing and whatnot to help people learn new ways. You can even get yourself certified at a cost much lower than what you might have to pay if you went to an actual institute to learn the same or even fewer things of the same course.

Be that violinist or painter or photographer – with the help of internet. The best thing about it is that so many people have shared their simple hacks that make a picture look more beautiful, an instrumental sound more musical or a painting seem more professional. Internet, I tell you, it’s all about the internet!

Gaming Zone

You can play an online game with so many people all around the world without even having to meet or befriend them. There are so many amazing games out in the market now that are so virtually real that you become a part of the whole thing mentally and emotionally.

Take out your daily life frustration by killing those beasts inside the game or fulfill your fantasies by being part of the 5050’s being in 2018. It’s all possible in the virtual world. A large number of gamers gather every year at so many comic cons etc and internet is literally just a platform that helps make their dreams possible.

Security Patrol

The internet also serves as a crime control buddy when it comes to your security and no this is not a reference to cybersecurity systems offered globally. This is about the security system you got installed for your home protection. Now you can connect your phones with it and check the cameras from anywhere and at any time. There is literally no holding back.

You do not have to be dependent on that security guard all the time nor do you have to go check the TV every time you hear bushes rustling without any noticeable wind. Now, you can keep sitting on that toilet seat and just check who’s at the door or in the garden or literally wherever you feel like in or outside the house.

Social SDG

Internet in a way also serves as a socially sustainable development goal assistant. If you can’t go to Africa and help – you can still connect with someone from there or keep a check globally and join your kind of a social service network. You can write for others’ rights and it’s as simple as it can get.

You can plan movements and connect with likeminded people all over the world and make a difference not just by saying things but actually helping break through the social taboos and reach people. You can help the unvoiced get some justice by bringing the world’s attention to a particular matter and trust me you – no one can stop you from doing so once you set your mind to it.

Verdict

To make a long story short, it can easily be understood that in the present day – the internet is not just a luxury for the fortunate to have and avail – it is a necessity for everyone. Whether it has to do with the better grade, upgrading your skills or simply just connecting to your loved ones. The Internet is the answer to everything. We live in a world where we ourselves are running on the internet just as much as oxygen.

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How To Use Instagram To Promote Your Photography Business

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Since the inception of Instagram on 6th October 2006, it has become an indispensable part of our social media life. The app has given photos a perfect platform  to shine. It’s all about clicking good pictures and posting it for the world to see.

With over 600 million users accessing the app on a daily basis, it’s a great platform for budding or established photographer to promote their business and expand it internationally.

Instagram is a global app used by celebrities, sportsmen and common men alike. Thus, it gives you a huge exposure as a photo enthusiast to showcase your skills and growing your customers.

It’s never too late to join this photo fanatic community. Just download and start, it’s very easy and you will be welcomed with open arms.

Firstly let’s talk about why Instagram? The reasons are:

  • The ever-growing audience that will most certainly stumble upon your best work.
  • Your competitors are on it, advertising their products.
  • All your friends, favorite photographers are on it. Follow them to get inspired and make them notice your work.

Without further delay, let’s look at 7 tips on how to use Instagram to expand your photography business-

1. Share only your flawless work

Posting frequently is a must to keep your followers but more importantly, you need to retain them. So, while sharing remember to showcase your best work.

Your posts should be flawless inciting an immediate response from consumers and leaving them awestruck.

It’s also crucial to mix and match the post images, show all the shades of your photography from casual to formal to carefree. Variety always stands out and let people with different taste feel connected to you.

2. Hashtags are a must use

Hashtags are critical for a budding business to keep it growing. A person will not just stumble upon your work out of luck. He will search for hashtags and in doing so will  engage new target customers.

When you use hashtags in your caption, and people with common interest search those, they find your account and ta-da new fans.

The limit for hashtags is 30 but you don’t have to use the limit.5-10 is enough and also use single words between them, not a whole sentence.

3. Keep your profile and bio updated

The first thing a follower will do after landing on your post/photos will check out your profile. Your username should be crafted carefully, it should reflect your business and your personality.

Your bio should give details about your work, hobbies, and nature of your work. It should always include contact details and location for your peers and potential collaborators to reach you and know where your base is. You can read here more about how to set up an interesting Instagram bio for photographers.

4. Decide your field of work and let them know

Photography has so many fields but you have to let your followers know what your forte is. Whether you do professional photo-shoots or serious artistic work etc. must be clear from your window of work.

Don’t confuse the consumers by putting everything up, find a niche and works towards that enabling everyone who sees your page to know where your expertise lies.

5. Interact by asking a question

Keeping the audience engaged is a tough task but not impossible. Interact with them through your post by attaching a question in your caption or asking a suggestion.

The question doesn’t always have to be about your page, ask a question that compels them to answer and engage in a conversation with other followers.

Ask about their favorite book or opinion about something trending, it will definitely engage people coz everyone loves to speak their mind.

Be whimsical and funny and sarcastic, be you and more while interacting. Don’t just talk or post about our photography.

6. Use your words

Instagram is a huge success because people don’t have to write long description but that doesn’t mean that you can ignore your caption.

Always put a little caption for your post. The caption should be short but full of valuable information for the followers.

Captioning your post with the right words can be the key which will help you keep your followers engrossed in your page. Also, tag all the people involved in a particular shot, it automatically broadens your reach.

7. Post bloopers and behind the scene footage

A lot of hard work goes into getting a perfect shot. There are fun, embarrassing moments and a lot of stories that people love to see.

Use the story feature of Instagram and let the world see that you are a human who sometimes is messy, climb a tree for a perfect shot or simply post your selfies with your collaborators.

Create photo collages. They work amazing. Use tools like Canva to create and share photo collages within minutes.

Keeping these tips in mind, one can use Instagram not just for fun or stalking celebrities but to excel in their career.

Sure, your portfolio is important but it never hurts to give a boon to your business. So, try the app and reach out to millions.

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Efficient and Qualitative VPN Services in China

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In this article, I will give you details of the worlds best VPN services which are being used by most of the users on daily basis.

Below given are the list of the worlds best VPN services

1) Express VPN:

It is super fast VPN. The best choice for fast streaming. It is super secured with 256-bit encryption. It has unlimited downloading speed. It monthly package is 8$ which is very economical with 30 days money back guarantee. Its customer support is 24/7.its server count is 1000+ and its servers are associated with almost more than 87 countries. It is available for Windows Mac Android IOS.

2) Private Internet Access VPN:

It offers multiple VPN gateways in 6 different countries. .It can be easily set up and can easily be used for Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android Boxes, etc
it has over 10k+ IPS over the globe and very fast internet surfing speed.
Its monthly package is 6.95$ and if you get yearly package you will get at the half price 3.33$(Save 50%)

3)  TorGuard VPN:

It offers a torrent-friendly private network. This VPN hides your internet connection via TorGuard servers.The main focus of.Torguard is on torrent users and the main aim of TorGuard is to provide users to access some sites easily by keeping their identity hidden.Monthly package is 9.95$ and the yearly package is 60$. It has over 87k+ IPS which are associated with 20 countries and 44 Cities.

4) Strong VPN:

This VPN have over 87k+ IPs across the globe with 500+VPN servers in 20 countries and 44 cities. It was established in 1995. it offers best quality service with a very economical budget.

5) Nord VPN:

Its starting price is 3.29$ per month with 30 days money back guarantee. It has unlimited downloading and streaming speed. It can connect up to 6 devices at a time. Its servers are associated with more than 60 countries. Its customer support is 24/7/365.

6) Astrill VPN:

It completely hides your IP, location and personal information . it is the fastest and most secure VPN service on the internet with just 10$ monthly and 5.55$ yearly.

7) Ib VPN:

Invisible Browsing VPN (ibVPN) offering 50 VPN servers located in 12 different countries with unlimited traffic. Its monthly package is 9$ and the yearly package is 5$. It can work on multiple Operating Systems.

8) Tunnel VPN:

It monthly package is 9.69$ and the yearly package is 4.56$.One of the important and interesting features of this VPN service provider is that it hides your Geolocation and makes your internet use more private. It can Encrypt your online data. It can help you to stream media easily.

9) Air VPN:

Its monthly package is 4.82$. it also has a free 3 days trial period which can be acquired on request. Its servers are associated with more than 15 countries. It can connect up to 3 devices at a time. It has unlimited downloading and streaming speed. Also, its customer support is really good which is always available 24/7. it also has a great support ticket for its users and forum on which different users can resolve their queries.

If you have been looking for a good Chinese VPN, we suggest that you read VPN reviews on VPNChoice.

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5 Ways to Open an Online Retail Website

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Setting up an online store is outstanding amongst other approaches to make easy revenue today. Individuals now think that its simpler to scan for items on the web, pay, and get it conveyed to their doorstep, rather than setting off to a physical store. Online stores are practically simple to set up on the off chance that you have the correct learning, which is what you’re here for at any rate. In any case, initially, you have to settle on the item you need to offer, think of a negligible spending plan, consider SEO, and simply begin.

Fabricate Your Own Online Store 

One of the least expensive approaches to fabricate an online store is to make utilization of a web designer. These destinations are very simple to use with different format choices, intuitive highlights, and simple substance mix. Weebly is one of such site manufacturers that ring a bell due to its moderately simple highlights that enable you to make an altogether practical internet business website inside 60 minutes. Some of these web designers will even empower you to begin offering no less than five things on their free arrangement. You would then be able to move up to their star accounts that cost amongst $15 and $30 a month. Some of these destinations additionally offer you SEO and substance advertising devices you can use to advance your items on the web.

Make Facebook Store 

Offering items on Facebook has been depicted as a standout amongst other approaches to begin offering Under Fit or different items on the web. As another business visionary, it bodes well to exploit a stage utilized by more than 1 billion individuals over the world. Setting up a Facebook store is simple. Go to your Facebook page, include another segment, and set up your shop subtle elements. When you are fulfilled, you would then be able to arrange your installment and add your stripe record to get paid. Complete your store set up and after that include and oversee items. The Facebook store choices accompany many points of interest including gathering more leads, decreasing advertising costs, using Facebook bits of knowledge, and building brand reliability.

WordPress 

A standout amongst other things to happen to the web is the introduction of WordPress. You can do nearly anything on this stage including setting up a practical and responsive online retail location. Get a web facilitating administration that will contain every one of your information and make it accessible for clients and guests consistently. Picking the privilege facilitating is a noteworthy advance to making a fruitful online business store. You likewise need to choose your favored store application, including Magento, WooCommerce, and so on. Assemble your new online store on WordPress by making pages, designing shop region, and setting up delivery, charges, and installment passages. WordPress likewise furnishes you with instruments and assets you can use to alter your store so it can be more appealing and alluring for clients and guests.

Devoted E-Commerce Platform 

These stages offer business people all that they have to make a vigorous online store they can use to offer nearly anything. The absolute most well-known stages incorporate Big Commerce, Wix, Volusion, and Shopify. With more than one million dynamic clients, 400,000 organizations, and offers of more than 34 billion dollars, Shopify is the internet business stage to beat. Setting up a Shopify online store shouldn’t take over 15 minutes. In the wake of joining with the site, you would then be able to add items to your store, alter the look, setup your space, and actuate your installment processor. One reason why individuals adore Shopify is a direct result of its dependability. Individuals likewise like it in view of the propelled look and separating, social joining, application store usefulness, and adaptable outline.

Etsy 

The Etsy store is made for individuals who need to offer any items. You can without much of a stretch setup a record, include UnderFit item pictures, settle on valuing, construct stock, and set up your transportation procedure. Individuals go to Etsy to search for extraordinary, unique, and unpredictable items, so you must be innovative with your gathering. The site likewise enables you to make custom requests, encourage discount business, and draw in purchasers with crowdfunding choices.

Opening an online retail site can bring you salary and enable you to increase private venture involvement. You can set up a store using different choices including Assignment Writing Service Etsy, Shopify, WordPress, and Facebook. In the event that you as of now have a site, you can include a basic PayPal catch by downloading HTML code and sticking it.

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