Thanks to companies like EarthLink, most of America has internet access (or at least access to a library or public service with internet). This has led to a growth in online shopping, communication (through email, social media, and the like), blogging, news availability, and…silliness.
We’ve all heard about the online trend of posting photos of planking (taking a photo lying flat as a board in a public place), and now it seems the internet wants to one-up itself, because “milking” has started cropping up. “Milking” is the (silly) practice of pouring milk over your head whille in a public or outside space. …that’s it. See the photo to the right.
Whatever you use the internet for, do it responsibly. And even if you don’t want to participate, perhaps we can all be glad that the internet provides an outlet for even the most pointless of silly activities?
With holiday dinners, parties and gatherings coming up, it’s a fact that pictures will be taken. Lots of pictures. EarthLink put together this short tip sheet to let you know how to get the most our of your photos using technology.
1) If a friend or relative can’t join your for the holidays, stage a photo with a space for them to remind them you miss them
- What could be sweeter than emailing someone a photo of you at Christmas dinner with an empty chair reserved for them?
- A visual representation of how you miss someone is a sweet gesture
2) Properly post party pictures
- Make sure that the people you are posting pictures of approve the photos ahead of time; no one likes a post-eggnog photo going public
- If the event was private or intimate, make sure you shore the photos only with people from that group so your other friends don’t feel left out
3) Sparingly share pictures of your presents
- Feel free to show the world a few of your most appreciated presents (like the scarf a friend made), but uploading pictures of all your spoils could come across a bit “braggy.”
Like favorite colors, everyone has an internet connection that fits them best. Find out which connection YOU are with this fun guide:
You are DIAL-UP if…
…you want internet that is basic, universal, and inexpensive. Dial-upinternet is a good choice for basic web users. It isn’t the fastest internet connection available (though EarthLink does provide a free dial-up accelerator that lets you surf up to 7x faster than regular 56K dial-up), but it can be installed into any home in America with a phone line. And it’s incredibly cost-effective: Prices are as low as $9.95/mo for the first three months!
You are DSL if…
…you need a reliable connection, but require more speed than dial-up (to watch a lot of videos, stream content, etc). DSL internet is up to 100x faster than dial-up access, and is perfect for those who spend a lot of time online. With low pricing like $14.95/mo for the first three months, it’s also a great value!
You are CABLE if…
…you like to spend a lot of time downloading/uploading content, streaming full-length movies, playing detailed online games, (etc.). Though offers vary by location, a cable internet connection can start at only $29.95/mo, and can be up to 250x faster than dial-up access. It’s a great solution for people who feel the need for online speed!
(NOTE: if you live in a rural area that doesn’t have access to cable or DSL, but desire more speed than dial-up, EarthLink offers satellite internet to make sure your needs get met!)