The Internet is your friend!
The History of the Internet!
Well first of all. Contrast to what many believe the Internet was not founded by Al Gore. The origins of the internet was started by a computer research program called DARPA which started in October of 1962. The head of the program was J.C.R Licklider of MIT and his successors were Ivan Sutherland, Bob Taylor, and MIT Researcher Lawrence G Roberts. In 1966 Roberts put together a plan for the "ARPANET" The plan was published in 1967. The paper was showed at a conference where another paper on packet network concept written by Donald Davles and Roger Scantlebury of the NPL from the Uk. From there a group called RAND had written a paper on packet switching networks for secure voice for the military in 1964. For years the work at MIT, RAND, and th NPL had all ran with out each other really knowing. In October 1969 the SRI connected to the ARPANET and the first host to host message was sent from kleinrock's laboratory to the SRI. From here more "nodes" Were added and the first instance of over web communication was born.
All information was found from this source here : http://www.internetsociety.org/internet/what-internet/history-internet/brief-history-internet
How we talk today?
With today's version of the internet their are many ways we can communicate with other human beings. Some of these ways are programs such as skype. Which allows you to add friends and family to a a friends list and be able to send simple messages or even call them. Some of the more simpler ways is through social media like facebook and twitter. Of course there is also always the way of electronic mail or also know as Email. Some people communicate with others by posting blogs to relay information kinda like this one. There are also Podcasts that allow people to listen to a group a people talk about a certain topic/s. Then of course there is also the streaming media.
Some of the more know ways of social networking is for example. Skype, Facebook, Twitter and much more of a list but to many to fit into a short list. To term it short. Think of the pin pal program from middle school (not all school had this program) where you got to exchange mail with other people from other states or even countries. Now imagine that with out having to use a pen and paper and didn't have to ship anything. Social Networking is communicating with individuals over the internet. Either it be through programs or social media sites.
source for information : http://www.whatissocialnetworking.com/
To really bring this in short. Email is generally the same thing as normal mail. You would address this to a person's email address like BobTheguy@email.com and then type in what you want to say to him/her. All mail goes through a email client. A email Client is kinda like a post office. You make a free account with sites like Yahoo, Gmail, AOL. Set up your own email address of your personal choosing. Then your all set. That's when you go to all your friends and family saying I have a email this is my email address your welcome to send me a message at any time.
Kinda like the blog I am writing now. This form of communication is easy to access just by searching through any kind of search engine like google or yahoo. This form of communication is usually meant to help teach a topic or even share a personal opinion about a topic. Blogs a easy source of information when you want to catch up something as long as the blogger has knowledge or has done research on the topic. Now their are blogs people have set up just to share their day to day lives.
For short. Podcasts are kinda like radio shows but for the internet. Their are two forms of podcasts. A audio podcasts which is only audio their is no video to go along with it and can be downloaded as a mp3. Then their is a video podcast. A video podcast is pretty much like a audio podcast but their is a video feed of either the people talking or something fitting the topic they are discussing as well. These video podcasts can be downloaded as Mp4 for on the go or listening to a later time. Now podcasts are more used for news sharing cause most podcasts usually research the different kind of news or important events they want to talk about. A podcast can cover anything from tv shows to current events going on in the world.
Streaming is a way of seeing something live. Either it be a tv show to people sitting around playing video games. Streaming allows one person to use a website such as ustream or twitch.tv to allow people watch what they are doing. A stream event can even be considered watching tv on netflix or on hulu since it uses a streaming service.
E-commerce and m-commerce
The internet can be used to buy and sell goods. Many stores have made a online website to where you can buy their products. A great example of this is amazon.com and ebay. People use ebay when ever they want to sell of some old junk they don't need or even if they want something cheap. The internet has made it possible to not only get rid of your old junk but by new things as well.