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Do You Still Type WWW in a URL?

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A community member named Justin recently asked if any of us even use the WWW part of web addresses any more. Back in the olden days, companies and individuals alike would give out their web addresses a little differently. It was common to hear “dub dub dub” or “triple w” before the actual web address. This was due in part to browsers needing to be told that they were entering a web address on the World Wide Web.

Thankfully, we don’t really need to use those W’s any longer. You can just type the name of the site and the .com or .org or whatever site it is you are trying to reach. I know that it wasn’t difficult to type out WWW first, but why should we have to? I cannot honestly think of the last time that I have typed those at the beginning of a URL.

I hate seeing when a site hasn’t done their redirects correctly. You have to do proper redirects in order to keep your Google site rankings. Those ranking are important people. When using the WWW in the URL, web servers reply with an http 301 (moved permanently) status code and points to the redirected main page – without those W’s. When search engines crawl the site using the WWW URL, the 301 status code tells them they should index the non-www URL instead. Sadly, many sites don’t redirect one or the other. This confuses things, and causes engine crawlers to index both types of URL’s. You may think that you are getting double rankings… but you’re actually hurting yourself and negating everything you’ve built up.

I don’t use the W’s, no. As a matter of fact, if I find a site that won’t load without using them, I will shoot an email off to the webmaster. Not taking the time to put those redirects in place is only hurting yourself and your site – not me.

How do you type websites and addresses into your browser? Do you put the WWW at the beginning of the URL out of habit, or are you saving yourself time by leaving them out?

Internet Society

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What kind of impact has the Internet had on you (personally or professionally)? Do you remember what life was like before the Internet? Could you imagine your life without the Internet? Could you imagine a world without the Internet?

Michael sent an email to me. He’s a high school student, doing some research on the Internet. Specifically, he’s writing about how the Internet has changed the World. He claims that I am pretty knowledgable about this particular topic. I beg to differ, but will do my best to help him out! He has a few questions he wanted me to answer.

  • In your opinion, what is the best benefit the Internet has given us as a society? – To me, it’s all about information access. When I was in high school, the Internet didn’t exist the way we know it now. It was a true eye-opener the day I realized what type of information I would have at my fingertips thanks to the ‘Net. Information is power, and the global community has become a lot more powerful, and a lot more aware. We are easily able to discover a lot more than we were previously able to.
  • In what ways has the Internet negatively affected the way we interact? – Chances are, you could go to the page where you found this video, and see people leaving idiotic and rude comments. They do this simply because they can hide behind the anonymity of the Internet. Many people feel that they can lose all social graces when they are online, and treat people like utter crap. I, however, always try to treat people online the same way I do in my physical life… with respect.
  • If someone who doesn’t know anything about the Internet asked you what the main purpose is of the Internet, how would you respond? – Connection… either to information, or to people. The Internet is a lot like a screwdriver. It’s a tool, which can be used for good – or bad. If you’re not using the right tool for any particular job, you won’t get very far. The results won’t be what you expected them to be. If you don’t respect and understand that this tool that connects you to information and other people, it could have disastrous results for you. The Internet is empowering.

If you are doing any type of research project that I may be able to help with, feel free to shoot me an email with your questions. Also, I’m interested in hearing what YOUR answers are to the above questions. Feel free to leave me a comment here, and let us know your thoughts.

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The Difference Between The Internet And The World Wide Web

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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Think of the Internet as an umbrella. Underneath that umbrella, you will find online gaming, email, IMs, FTPs to share files, and P2P programs that share even more files and Web sites. The World Wide Web is everything that you can see or access from within a Web browser. Therefore, while the Internet is not the same as the World Wide Web, the WWW is definitely a part of the Internet.

Waaayyy back in 1992 when I first got online, things were much different than they are today. The first browser I ever used was Lynx. That allowed me to browse the Internet in text. The first graphical Web experience I had was either using O/S 2 from IBM or Mosaic, which later became Netscape. That first experience was full of stolen .GIFs, and a lot of centered, blue, underlined text. Those underlined text words were, of course, hyperlinks. The pretty blue color turned purple after you had clicked it at least once.

The World Wide Web is a series of hyperlinks. For instance, chris.pirillo.com is one of my Web sites. On there, I may have a link to you. And on your page, you may have links to others. They have links to even more people and places! Soon, we have this giant mish mash of connecting links. Welcome to the World Wide Web!

A Web site is comprised of Web pages, and a Web site resides on the World Wide Web. The Internet, then, is not the same as the WWW, but the WWW is definitely a part of the Internet.

In a poll of our current chatters at live.pirillo.com, 58% listed Web browsing as their favorite Internet activity. 18% chose IMing, 14% chose online gaming, and only 11% listed email as their favorite thing to do online. What is your favorite? What do you think will be the next generation of the Internet? We’re always interested in your feedback and comments.

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