It is amazing how useful the internet is
It is amazing how useful the internet is and yet most people are unaware of the numerous benefits of the internet, my first encounter with the web was in 2006 when a friend of mine persuaded me to open an email account, I was reluctant but she insisted and went with me to the cyber café and we opened my first email, the yahoo. That became a medium where we exchanged emails during the long holidays and we send each other online greeting cards. That was all I knew. 2 years later in 2008, another friend of mine introduced me to Facebook, I recall I was not interested to join, but then we were graduating from the university and in order to stay in touch she convinced me it was fun and I joined Facebook. The only things I did online were just to chat with my friends, post pictures and all that. I never knew there was more to participating online than just chats with friends and families. As I began to participate I came to learn more about other sites, like blogs, twitter, LinkedIn, Skype and Google+. I signed up for them but I didn’t know how to use them until recently, though I do make some posts to my blog back then but I am not sure I know how to make people read them, for my LinkedIn and Google+, I am yet to fully participate in it, and through my involvement with World Pulse I came across some other women NGOs like Women Thrive, Nobel Women and I connected with them on Facebook and twitter. Also it was eye opening for me when we had Listeners Skype Call on World Pulse, I was so excited that day because I never saw a thing like that, since then I have known better about Skype Group calls. Recently again, I applied for the YALI Washington Fellowship and we have been having conversations online. A twitter chat was hosted by the YALI Network and for the first time yesterday I was involved in a twitter chat, I have always wondered what else people do on twitter except to follow others and to post tweets but now I know better, today I had another twitter chat by Women Thrive and it was another wonderful experience, even though my connection was going on and off due to the poor network but i learnt. It is interesting how fast I am learning and getting connected with women across the globe, it is even more interesting to see I can do most of my work online using my mobile phone. The internet is fun. I can’t but agree with Zephaniah from Pakistan that the Internet is a Magic Box!!!