There’s no denying that the Internet has transformed modern life. It wasn’t that long ago that you had to call the bank to get your bank balance, or write checks to pay your bills. Now, both can be done easily online. If truth be told, it’s hard to think of an area of life untouched by the Internet. Online these days you can watch a movie, attend college, pay bills, learn to make a soufflé, purchase plane tickets, plan a trip, change your investment portfolio, chat with the grandkids, order lunch, read the newspaper, listen to music, read books, check the weather, send birthday cards, do your math homework, dissect a frog, play games, research your family tree, search for a job …the list is endless, isn’t it?
The Internet is a network of networks accessing millions of computers and billions of computer files. Web browsers, such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari, index, retrieve and transfer documents and other resources to your computer with the click of a button. It’s estimated that there are more than 23 billion web pages indexed by Google alone. If you’re an Internet user, and there are more than 2 billion of us, you know how useful and occasionally overwhelming the Internet can be. We search and download and save files – doing all that neat stuff that we can do on the Internet – until our computers begin to groan in protest. It’s kind of like just throwing things into your closet without any organization. And we all know what that looks like.
One way to help you organize all that information streaming into your home computer is the popular networking site, Pinterest. Pinterest allows you to save images and arrange them on different virtual boards depending on your interests. You can create boards of recipes, places to visit, books to read, movies you recommend, home decorating ideas, craft ideas, fashion ideas, party ideas or create a board of your favorite things…whatever inspires you. You can create separate boards for various interests, and you can follow other people’s boards with similar interests. Each image that you pin links back to the site it came from. For those of you who’d like to organize your e-content, the library is offering an introduction to Pinterest on Wednesday, April 2, at 6:30 PM. You’ll learn how to set-up an account, how to browse for topics, how to create a board, and follow other people’s boards. Registration is suggested for this special event. Please register online in Coming Events at raynhampubliclibrary.org or call the library at 508.823.1344.