It’s February. Spring is around the corner, but winter still lets us know that we are The Great White North, reminding us of our favourite season here in Canada. That’s okay, because we have a fantastic holiday filled with warmth and love coming up! No, not that one... It’s Family Day! Family Day is a holiday meant to spend with family to create, share and foster memories with those that mean so much to us all.
The Internet has no age limits - it's just as good a tool for a middle-aged member of the workforce as it is for a little tyke who's not yet in school. There are very few things that online-capable devices can't do these days - they're used for watching TV, videochatting with friends, reading books, learning a new skill and so on.
We no longer live in a time when, if an organization needs to raise money, workers go door-to-door asking for donations. While individuals might still see nonprofit employees with clipboards asking for signups in public areas or commercials for fundraising events on television, it seems as if charities are jumping on the bandwagon and joining the rest of the world in the Digital Age.
Every few months, it seems that new reports emerge outlining the latest virus or other hacking strategy that has the potential to affect Internet users across the globe. In fact, these have become so common there's a worry that individuals are becoming desensitized. For instance, take the recent Heartbleed bug. While many people are sure to have changed their passwords in the wake of the situation, chances are good that others decided not to, thinking that if they didn't see any evidence of identity theft on their bank statements, they didn't have to worry about anything.
As anyone who's even been interested in commerce - whether they're shopping for movies, clothes, electronics, furniture or almost anything else - knows, trends are constantly changing. Overall preferences shift every couple of months, adding up to considerable changes every few years.
Even a few years ago, the average picture of a bully was someone who stole a little kid's lunch money or hurled taunts on the playground. That's certainly not the case anymore. If anything, it's easier for children to make fun of each other now - they can hide behind the anonymity of the Internet.
In this day and age, there shouldn't be that many complaints coming from people who can't get access to the Internet. In 2011, the United Nations declared that being denied a connection is akin to a human rights violation. The Internet was recognized as a vital element of life for individuals around the world.
Even though times have changed as technology advances, there are some things that just don't fade away. Fundraising is one of those areas that is critical to the success and survival of many community-driven projects. Now there's a way to use the Internet to help.
During many times of the year, a number of individuals like to remain relatively serious, going about their lives and taking care of tasks and their jobs as normal. However, one day out of the year, people across the nation can get a little wacky and play pranks on their friends, family and coworkers without fear of hurting their feelings or even, in some cases, being punished.
For the past few years, one social media network has reigned supreme virtually around the world. Sure, MySpace was really the first website of its kind to make it big on the social networking scene, and sites like Instagram are being hailed as the next big thing, but it's Facebook that's at the top of the list as far as popularity goes. So many people have accounts on this platform - according to a Facebook release, as of March 2013, there were about 665 million daily active users on the site, while monthly users topped out at 1.1 billion people.