What do you do when you surf the internet besides making money?

@lrglara (1347)
Philippines
October 18, 2009 2:27pm CST
i always think that the internet is the one of the things ever invented. I mean, everything now is within your reach. i get really fidgetty whenever there's no internet (although, i know i would survive without it). another thing that makes me surf the internet besides looking for earning opportunities are the endless ways to learn. I would like to study again, preferably graduate studies, but i can't afford it. do you take advantage of the freebies the internet or other website offers? there are also lot of sites which offers free courses. do you study online?
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@millertime (1397)
• United States
21 Oct 09
Like just about everybody here I have several different ways that I make money online but other than spending time updating and maintaining my websites, blogs and writing, I probably spend most of my free time online checking the news sites. I like to check different sites from around the world to get another perspective on things too. There are also a few blogs that I check on now and then and of course I email friends and family. Occasionally, I like to us my "stumble" button and visit a few random sites. Once in a while I find something really interesting that I might bookmark. As you can imagine, I have quite a large list of bookmarks, so I also go through the list once in a while and revisit sites that I haven't been to in a while. You mentioned there are places that offer free courses online. I would be interested in checking that out. If you or anyone has any links to free online college type courses, please post them here so I can have a look. Thanks.
@lrglara (1347)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
You can try: - about.com (lots of free courses) - elearningcenter.com (for IT related free courses) - GCFlearnfree.org (they offer their courses free with certificate) - open.ac.uk (free course materials - various subjects and categories) - openlearningworld.com (free course materials - various subjects and categories)
• United States
25 Oct 09
Thanks very much. I'll take a look at all of them. [;-)
@SomeCowgirl (32254)
• United States
19 Oct 09
I enjoy using the internet for mylotting but also for looking up crochet patterns, or wii games or something like that. I also chat with my husband (though he's in the same room as I) and our friend. We look at MTG and Yugioh things as well. I hope to take online courses for medical transcription and medical secretary soon though we are saving up money for other things as well.
@lrglara (1347)
• Philippines
19 Oct 09
crochet... hmm... never had the patience for that. but i could make a cellphone bag. medical transcription course... that's great. hope you can find a client and let me know... i can help you. i've been a transcriptionist for 4 years. let me know how it goes. :)
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@SomeCowgirl (32254)
• United States
19 Oct 09
I've been impatient with crochet myself, I've made my mom a bag before, but I think I either made more rows or less rows then the pattern called for. As for the medical transcription course and a client, thank you. I want to see if I can get hooked up with a company online after I'm done with the course. I'm also going to be an in home aid as soon as the company I went through calls me back... so maybe I could do both as the person I'll be sitting with will be my great grandmother in law...
@klm007 (38)
• India
19 Oct 09
Besides making money from internet I'll research a lot in bodybuilding and also collect some study materials for Maya and Zbrush !as I;m a 3-D Modeler.Other times I will spend time on social networking sites and forums and sometimes download movies.
@lrglara (1347)
• Philippines
19 Oct 09
bodybuilding? why? are you working out?
@klm007 (38)
• India
20 Oct 09
Yes I workout and also research more about bodybuilding and weight loss. I also help others to get achieve their goals through bodybuilding forums and communities.
@zed_k4 (17619)
• Singapore
19 Oct 09
I try my best to get that free time to look for poem sites and read people's writings. I am fascinated with poetry in all forms and I think it's a special coded writing, in my own words there. It's emotions meshed together and we can just release our tension through poetry. So, if not on mylot or writing sites and etc, I'm looking out for latest poetry to read and get inspired to write some too.
@lrglara (1347)
• Philippines
19 Oct 09
Wow... poetry. I get caught up with coded messages between the poetry lines that i never understood it. i do appreciate poetry though... if someone writes one for me... hahaha! :)
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• United States
25 Oct 09
I agree with you about the internet. I always tell people that the internet is like having the world's encyclopedia at your fingertips. I have never failed to find what I was looking for on the internet. As far as studying on the internet that is about forty percent of my time spent online. You can always find free information on whatever topic you need to learn. I consider myself an intermediate level experience with computers and I have been self taught. I took computers in high school and started in college with a couple semesters but changed to auto mechanics. Back then windows wasn't even heard of. The main computer language was basic and you had to write a program for everything you wanted to do. Of course their were a few software items on the market but they are useless compared to the software we have today. I got my first real home computer with windows in the eighty's and I stayed on it until I fell asleep every day for a few months until I got the basics. I had a couple of books "windows for dummies" and I went through them just as if I was studying at school except I taught myself with them. Now I learn through online articles, blogs, websites, free videos and magazines; both online and printed material that you can get for free. If you did have the extra time I would recommend taking a class in the area that interests you most I just can't do so myself at this time in my life or I would.
@lrglara (1347)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
that's what im trying to do now, since i cant affort conventional classroom-based education, yet! haha! :) its fun in the internet because most of it is free and broad. some are even comprehensive that classroom-based education are not teaching it. modules are downloadable (sometimes free). i like it because most of the courses are simple and easy to understand. Thanks for posting!
@sblossom (2169)
19 Oct 09
I use computer to study English by loging on BBC website. I also want to continue study, but I can not afford the cost either. as you said you also study on line, what do you study? can you kindly share some information with us. now I really want to know some information that can help me to find a useful course.I want to improve my skills then I can find a job.
@lrglara (1347)
• Philippines
19 Oct 09
well, i take advantage of free courses and course materials available online. there's this site that also gives certificate, its free by the way... gcflearnfree.org. others like learnthat.com, open.ac.uk, openlearningworld.com and about.com, have free courseware. they don't give certificates though but they're definitely a lot of help. You can also try e-learningcenter.com.
@markcor (22)
• Portugal
19 Oct 09
Lets just say that a use and abuse of the web lololol not only to try to make some money, but seeing the news, listening to some radio, going to the hi5 myspace and stuff like that, read some e-books but not much, and of course playing, i have a lot of web games like seafight and evony so lets just say if i would be paid for doing this stuff i would be a happy and rich man lolol
@lrglara (1347)
• Philippines
19 Oct 09
i think there is a site which pays you to play. it helps them develop and enhance the game more. i don't know which site it is, though. im not fond of webgames but i am aware of some of them. you can definitely make some money out of it.
@SQD444 (679)
• India
19 Oct 09
oh buddy.. trying to make some money from the internet itsewlf takes all the time i have.. still i end up with almost nothing... so i don thig about anything else than making money when ever am online... so if you poeple are aware of any sure shot method of making money online with out much investment even though it gives small returns only.. please do let me know...
@lrglara (1347)
• Philippines
19 Oct 09
im looking for one too... unfortunately. :(
• Malaysia
19 Oct 09
I have trying to learn Japanese language online,which kind of hard.In the end,i only use the online tutorial as my source of reference.I believe that we can find many online reference such as e-book by using search engine. Beside search engine,mylot and yahoo answer become an alternative for me when i am trying to find information.There are also many dictionaries and translator in internet which i found it to be very useful for my study.
@lrglara (1347)
• Philippines
19 Oct 09
oh! yeah.. dictionaries. i use also the internet for hard-to-spell medical words. i do transcription and i sometimes get mixed up with the spellings and pronunciation of the doctors. so i look for the appropriate one in the internet... :)
@Weizen (145)
• China
19 Oct 09
beside of the making money ,I 'll do other things ;such as the read news .and learn some knoeldge ,as what you said ,the interent is a good thing .there is much thing to learn ,sometimes ,I 'll learn some knowledge in the wiki ,or listen the song in the innternet ,or update my blog
@lrglara (1347)
• Philippines
19 Oct 09
oh! yes... i forgot all about the news. it's how i get myself updated with what's going on in my country... Thanks for the reminder... :)
@irene3184 (900)
• Philippines
19 Oct 09
There are lot of opportunities online and if I have vacant time I always take the advantage by learning a Spanish and Chinese language words. It is very interesting and they provide a better understanding. One thing also aside from making money online is I shop online.
@lrglara (1347)
• Philippines
19 Oct 09
im scared of shopping online. i would like to learn other languages too... :)
• Indonesia
18 Oct 09
The internet is a good place for learning new things. I learned graphic designing from free tutorials. There are some universities that offer free online courses. We only need to download the materials to study.
@lrglara (1347)
• Philippines
19 Oct 09
i already know graphic designing. but i dont know some sites where you can download course materials. what site is it?
• United States
18 Oct 09
Making money is like the only thing I have been doing lately. But other things I may do are go watch videos on youtube or just spend time talking to people on facebook and AIM. I am on the computer allmost all day and I still can't explain what I did on it all day because I do so much. I would have to say that 70 percent of the time I am on the computer I am trying to make money in some sort of way, but I usually fail.
@lrglara (1347)
• Philippines
19 Oct 09
maybe you just haven't found the best money-making site that suit you. if you finally found one, could you let us know? who knows? We might sign up under your name. :)
@ample03 (403)
• India
18 Oct 09
Besides chatting, surfing and playing online games, I study a lot from the Internet. There are plenty of study materials and tutorials available in the web for my learnig. I have studied a lot of basics of many softwares fromthe net which I always wished to learn in my life. Not only that, whenever I need some help of any kind of softwares, I try to get help from the web. If no tutor is available it is best to get informed and learn from Internet.
@lrglara (1347)
• Philippines
19 Oct 09
that is so true... i do look for tutorials or at least basics of everything about computers in the internet... even the most updated softwares. im no techie... that's for sure. but i like to keep myself updated with softwares which can help me ease some of my workload. can you give some sites which you go to? :)
@maezee (40967)
• United States
18 Oct 09
Occasionally I'll surf..But I never have much fun doing that. What I usually do is just go on Facebook or Myspace or even AIM chat to talk to my friends if I am too bored with my earning sites. I split my time up between social networking and sites like MyLot. And that seems to work pretty well for me!
@lrglara (1347)
• Philippines
19 Oct 09
im a member of so many social networking sites, i don't know where to go when im online. i just wait for my friends to send something for me and keep updated with my email... and then, go online... :) nice to talk to your friends every once in a while. :)
@cher913 (25859)
• Canada
18 Oct 09
i do a lot of research on things that interest me such as history. i am very interested in that subject. i like to look at craft sites and am always on the hunt for new ideas too. i also like to look for free clip arts that i can use for my afts and craft plus other freebies and coupons that i can use to save money around the house.
@lrglara (1347)
• Philippines
19 Oct 09
i sure do wish coupons are applicable here. unfortunately, its not... so i just take advantage of the sales and discounts... :)
• Finland
19 Oct 09
Hello there, well lets see i use search alot to find stuff what i need. Besides money making websites i watch a lot of movies, there are few websites what offer the lates movies what are in some countrys still on cinema screen and i look them for free:))) Hmm last time i tryed to look from net how to connect washing machine hehee but sadly didnt found what i needed..hmm.
@solared (1209)
• United States
19 Oct 09
playing like mafia wars, or superhereo city on facebook.
• Philippines
19 Oct 09
I do research on many things which are of interest to me. Whatever I need to know, I try to find it on the net. Internet is our source of communication too (my sisters abroad and me).
@Zenstrive (239)
• Indonesia
19 Oct 09
I read the news, of course. Then do some emails and facebooks. Then do some general browsings.