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How do I navigate around the web?

With so much information on the web, in can be a little daunting trying to find anything! Fortunately, there are a number of ways to find interesting and relevant content. The first and most important way is using a search engine. As described earlier, a search engine is a web site that allows you to find web pages based on the words you enter or 'search query' – this can be a question, or just a collection of words that you think will be on the web page you're after.

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When you find a web page that you find interesting, instead of having to remember the address of the webpage, you can simply save the address as a 'bookmark' in your browser (some browsers call them favorites). This means you can come back and find that exact web page again. While browser bookmarks are really useful, there is another way of bookmarking that is much better. There are websites that allow you to save your bookmarks to an account on the website, instead of to your browser. This means that you can access your bookmarks from anywhere – you don't have to be on the computer that you first found the site on. Also, you can make your bookmarks public, meaning other people can see the interesting stuff you've found – this is why this form of bookmarking is called 'social bookmarking'.

When you find something interesting on the internet, you can also share it with your friends. One way to do this is to email your friends with a link to the particular web page, however this is increasingly being replaced by social media services. When lots of people share something with their friends, and then their friends share it on, and so on, this is called a viral or in some cases an internet meme.

 

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