Modern Man’s Friends: Web Browsers and Hyperlinks

Let’s be honest: we all love the internet.  Okay, maybe not all of us, but most of us.  And why not, there is a lot to love.  And I have to say I am one that loves the net.  I am “one of those” who has given up reading what I believe they used to call a “newspaper” in favor of getting my news on my iphone or any other electronic device that allows me to connect to my best friend the web.  When it comes to the web, web browsers and hyperlinks are things that have played a big part in my increasing love of the internet.

With regards to web browsers, these days, I mostly use the internet with Mozilla Firefox as my guide when I am on my Mac at work and at home.  Google Chrome has piqued my interest these days, and I have dabbled with it in my spare time.  I know that Google Chrome is the newest and latest web browser from Google and I should embrace it.  As noted in 20 Things I Learned, when we use older browsers that can slow down innovation on the web. This forces web developers to design websites that work with both old and new technologies.  Making the switch to Google Chrome would most likely increase my love for the net, so I will make it my New Years Resolution to bring “Chrome” completely on board.  I suppose I have gotten quite comfortable with Firefox, making the switch sort of feels like leaving a home you are comfortable in.  And yet by not making the switch, I know I am missing out on such things as a super speedy browser and the neat things like the ability to talk into the browser’s microphone and being able to say “Paris, France”.  Hence, the power in having the latest browser is that you can do a Google Voice search, which in itself sounds cool!

When I think about how I use the connection and power of hyperlinks, I see how I use them without even thinking about it, almost like a natural reflex.  For instance, today at lunch time I was reading The New York Times “The Fifth Down” blog on the year of the tight end in American Football.  As I was reading I became interested in some of the other players Chase Stuart was commenting on and making comparisons with, so I naturally clicked on their hyperlinks and was led to Pro-Football-Reference.com, an amazing site with heaps of statistical information on current and retired players.  It was great to see how one of my former favorites statistics (Jerry Rice) compared to Stuart’s subject Rob Gronkowski.  For me, using hyperlinks allows me to dig deeper into the subject and I like to think that I use them to help me gather more information that will deepen my understanding of whatever topic I am inquiring into. One big reason I believe the “newspaper” is losing the war to the web is that one can’t easily read more about an articles subjects and/or topics as usually when the article is done in a newspaper, it is done.  Hyperlinking allows us to truly gather so much more information than has been traditionally accessible to readers that it should actually come as no surprise as to why the web has become a place where people go for knowledge.

So to conclude, web browsers and hyperlinks play a very important part in how I experience the web and have helped to deepen my love of the web.  I am going to make my new years resolution now and “commit” to Google Chrome for the new year.  I will also continue to use hyperlinks to deepen my understanding of the topics I read on the web.

 

 

3 thoughts on “Modern Man’s Friends: Web Browsers and Hyperlinks

  1. David,

    Thanks for your comments on my post, Can’t Swing a Cow. As I read your post, I followed your suggestion and thought about my reading strategy. I wanted to finish reading the post you had written before I tried the links. That did help. Then I could go back and follow the links on Jerry Rice to see how his career stacked up to others on Pro-Football-Reference.com. As you said, I prefer links for the ease of learning more about a new topic very quickly. The price I sometimes pay is that, using your example, I would probably run out of time when reading about Rob Gronkowski. For short post like this one, I could guess that the point was that this is a great passing season. In a longer piece of writing, I might be distracted and miss the main argument or important supporting points.

    I agree that the traditional newspaper cannot match an online newspaper if it is designed well. The New York Times and Spiegel International are good models for online news.

    Garry

    • Thanks Garry for your comments. I like how you read through my article and then went back and followed the hyperlinks of interest, I have been doing that and I have been enjoying it as well. Your right about a longer piece of writing, it is easy to get caught up in the hyperlinks. I did my master’s completely online and I had a really excellent professor at Michigan State who suggested printing out all the readings so you are not staring at the screen for hours and hours. I have to say, it made a huge help. Did I miss out on some hyperlinks? Yes, but I got the main idea from the lengthy reading material.

      Thanks again for your comments, Merry Christmas!
      David

  2. I agree with you here:

    One big reason I believe the “newspaper” is losing the war to the web is that one can’t easily read more about an articles subjects and/or topics as usually when the article is done in a newspaper, it is done.

    The ability to be able to read more, to connect with others about a topic, and to delve deeper into a topic is what keeps us engaged with content on the web. I know many people like the idea of a “curator” of good taste or knowledge choosing the stories that they read (as a newspaper editor would do), and I like the way new tools are cropping up to fill that niche – like Flud or Zite or Flipboard. Though they allow the customized and individual editing of your digital newspaper (as opposed to one tastemaker), I love the idea that I can have a personalized newspaper made up of stories I will find interesting, and new every time I open the app!

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