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Emilio Emilio | 22:36 UK time, Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Today, I am going to speak about how I use some Internet resources. I don't mean I will speak about the BBC guides to using Internet instead I am going to tell you how I usually use Internet in some special way. And I would like listen feedback from your way of using Internet.

Social media is one of the most popular activites online today. For sure all of you have listen some of this words: Blogs, social networks, Technorati, Google maps, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare...

I started writing a blog some years ago as a way to store all tips, public documentation and interesting links in a site where I could access from anywhere. Sooner I realized that it was a fantastic way to give you more visibility of some of your skills. Remember, "in Internet you aren't what you say you are, it's what Google says it is.". So, do not you think it is important to take care of our digital life?


(On the Internet, nobody knows you are a dog.)

All people have a passion, yes this thing that excites you and what scares you on a small momment-to-momment level. Then write about it!. I like technology so I write about technology as a way to put in order ideas and connect with like-minded people.

Blog: This month I'm writing in the BBC english blog in order to practise english with the best english teachers. Some years ago I were in London for one month and I wrote a blog with my month experiences. What would you like to blog about?

Linkedin: Is a bussiness-oriented social networking site. It connect you with people with jobs like you. It's based on the idea of six degress of separation. I am connected with Barack Obama thorough three people!

Facebook: I only use this social network with my friends. We are all distributed across different cities. It is a good way to get connected and to arrange meetings. Recently I discovered a page of my old school college and I could remember old times seeing old photos. I got in touch with old classmates too!

Twitter: If you do not have time to write a blog you could write in twitter. This kind of service is known as: microblogging. I use twitter in a professional way to get in touch with people from my area. We could share interesting links and thoughts. Actually it's my main source of news in Internet.

Google: Some of the ways I use Google is to get help with english and spanish vocabulary. For example, which one it's the correct word? (in spanish means -I miss you-):

  • te echo de menos

  • te hecho de menos

In google Spain the google search "te echo de menos" show 7.760.000 results page where "te hecho de menos" show 2.910.000 results page. So "the echo de menos" is the correct one.

Youtube: Which one is your favourite video?. This is the best video plus music plus advice I have ever seen. Enjoy!

TED: Conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Together with the BBC is a great way to practise english. I usually watch videos from TED and in the vast majority of them is possibly to view them with translation in several languages.

Today the topic was different and sort but I hope you will enjoy reading it. I would like listen how do you use some Internet resources.

And remember, wear sunscreen.


  • Comment number 1.

    Hi, Emillo
    I'm from Vietnam and working on IT, too. I've subsribed the Learning English Blog's RSS Fead, so that I can update your blog daily. I've known the idea of six degress of separation through this article. Thank you. I'm look forward to your next post.
    Best regard,
    P.S, this is my first post on bbc.co.uk website :)

  • Comment number 2.

    Hello Emelio,

    I enjoyed reading your message about various internet resources, it is very informative. I most often use internet for researching articles, using bbc blog and emailing. I also use Youtube occasionally and rarely use facebook. Use of google is amazing, you can almost find anything on google. Two things that you mentioned in your message Linkedin and TED which I haven't tried yet but intend to try them, they sound interesting. Have a good day. Negge from N. Ireland

  • Comment number 3.

    Hi, Emilio
    I used to work on IT several years ago. That is why I'm familiar with subject you drew up.
    Thank you very much for so interesting link (video) you gave.
    To be honest I'm writing here for the first time and my English isn't good.
    Anyway, once again thank you.
    Valentyn, Ukraine.

  • Comment number 4.

    Hi, Emilio.

    Hehe! You ask me to wear a sun screen. But it is cloudy and snowing here! And cold.

    I use Google a lot when I am curious about things. And I take part in a couple of fora. Bye for now,


  • Comment number 5.

    Hello, Emilio.
    It's interesting your new post. I use familiar simplest methods in internet: google and some definite websites with the version text only and e-mail, usually it's all i need to my work. Neither twister nor facebook and etc.
    I have a question to you as the IT-specialist : i heard soon everyone apparently will have own online code given once and for all. I think, that's excellent idea. Could you tell me, what is your opinion about the point? Thanks.

  • Comment number 6.

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  • Comment number 7.

    Hello, friend. I've already read your interesting post. In particularly, I saw your dog’s picture which is stand just only two legs in front of your laptop. It’s beautiful and lovely dog. I think that you have already been expert of internet web world. You got a lot of information about variety and useful website, I envy you. And continuously, if you are learned more about the internet as like BBC blogs, then you will be a good web searcher. Thank you for reading my comment, and see you next at your interesting blog. I will be expecting you. Bye~

  • Comment number 8.

    Hi every buddy, this is Yosief, pleas think and imagine for few second back to 100 years ago, how the world was running, It’s amazing thing, as he mentioned us Emilio from Spain, now we can find out what ever we want to know without restriction. To search the economy, what’s going on in the global? Do you know how the technology helped us in our daily life, on the economy? I knew every buddy has same opinion and believe that Fact. On the other hand Technology has side effect on same business company, for istance

  • Comment number 9.

    Your blog helps me to fine tune my english language..


    - Prathap Rajamani

  • Comment number 10.

    Hi friend,

    Though i am spending my whole day by surfing, i was not aware of some kind of useful sites like linkedin, Twitter and TED. I know about blogging, but i havnt write a blog yet. I have seen and registered in Face Book. But I am using Orkut instead of Facebook and i never examined the differences between Facebook and Orkut. I use YouTube and Google regularly... For ex, If i need any recipe, i will search through google and i get appriciation.. Dont think me as a good cook... Actually i am very lazy in cooking.

    I use internet to communicate with my husband, parents, siblingls, friends and all other family memebers.. i use google talk, yahoo vedeo call, skype vedeo call and vzo chat also.. Now my husband is at UAE and I am in India.. He watch my 6 month old boy's laugh , plays through Vedeo chat...

    Thank you friends.....

  • Comment number 11.

    I liked very much to learn about internet. I don't use Facebook, Twiter, etc. I'm a begginer in internet. I know I must to learn very much. So, your blog is good for me. thanks, Emilio.
    sonia durao from Brazil

  • Comment number 12.


    First time I've ever been to the UK in my life was something that really made me feel 'over the moon', one of the funny things,according to my friends, was kissing the wall of Bush House building in London.
    I believe that listening is as important as reading when it comes to learning English, I've been listening to BBC for almost 20 years by now.
    Looking up new English words is almost one of my favourite habbits that I do on daily bases, it's Cambridge online dictionary that I encourage you to try; it gives you an examples of how to use a certain verb or a word in a sentense in addition to its correct pronounciation.
    Here's the link:
    I will tell you about my story when I couldn't understand one single word, in English, when a black cub driver was talking to me in my way to Charring cross / central London - it's be about cockney slang which I believe you're not in urgent need to learn it at all.
    I do believe that to learn better one's got to learn more about the culture of people speaking a particular language, if you've got time for that I'd recommend trying to find and buy "Watching the English" by Kate Fox; a marvelous anthropologist that can share lots about the English culture and social behaves.

    I hope that you're going to read my comment and perhaps find your way to the heart of this language - maybe you'd fall for 'her' like I do enjoy being an international citizen one day lol.

    best regards ... ta ta fer now me mate

  • Comment number 13.

    Hi, Emilio.

    actually, i am very taken with your experience in computers which i know just a little bit about them. in fact, i use google, yahoo and youtube for my researching, but i did not never use the others facebook and twitter and etc.but, i intend totry to use them.
    looking for your responding,


  • Comment number 14.

    Hi Emilio,

    I have access to the internet since the year of 2000, however I just use the web to read news as well as find information about my research on chemical engineering on the search engine Google. On the one hand, I'm not familiar with internet resources such as Twitter, Facebook etc. so far. On the other hand, I think such resources are very useful for writing diary, sharing information and making friend in the world. In addition, writing on the Facebook and Twitter is one of the best ways to improve English writing skill. From now on, I try to learn how to use them to explore their benefits. Hopefully getting in touch with you and all friends in this blog to exchange information about various subjects in our life.


    Tienhoa, Vietnam

  • Comment number 15.

    Well,well, I'm looking at the photo and asking myself whose blog I've been reading. Is it Emilio's blog or Urko's one? Your dog is funny! I can't see him without a smile.
    The Internet is really good fun. Now I'm living a long distance from my native town, that's why I use SkyNet. I can not only talk to my relatives and friends but see them. It's great! I use the Internet to make a lot of payments, to buy all kinds of tickets. I prefore read news in the Internet and etc.
    Buy, Natalie

  • Comment number 16.

    Hello Emilio,

    I loved this post of yours because I also think Social Media is a wonderful tool to be in touch with friends and professionals in my area. I use my twitter a lot, facebook, Orkut and I have my personal blog as well. It's really a great way to exchange ideas and information about everything you are interested about.
    I also use Internet to study English. Some websites can help you a lot and it's so different than it was when I started studying English 15 years ago! I wish I had the same tools we have nowadays. Some websites such as www.bbc.co.uk, [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator], www.livemocha.com and so on are really amazing. I also loved your comment about www.ted.com. I use this website a lot to improve my listening in English. The last speech I heard was from Steve Jobs, I recommend everyone to watch it.
    Keep blogging and regards from Brazil!

  • Comment number 17.

    Hi Emilio,

    Thanks for sharing your opinion. It's quite interested. Internet has a lot of usefuls for learning and searching what we want to know. But sometime people uses it as and entertainment more than for education.
    I also uses Facebook for keeping in touch with my friend. Whatever, i still think that there're strenght and weekness for using internet. It's depend on which way you use it for.
    Your dog is so cute.
    Thanks again

  • Comment number 18.

    Hello guys,
    Thank you for the posts. The article was quite interesting and useful.

    I always use Google, Youtube and Facebook too. The Google can be good friend to find out an information from the internet. And my another best friend is Wikipedia.org. It is free encyclopedia which is containing millions of articles in many languages. Almost all of it's article is created by volunteers around the world. This is a great place to read
    about a subject in neutral point of view.

    Best regards.
    Nyambayar, Mongolia.

  • Comment number 19.

    Hi Emilio and everybody. It is very interesting your post.
    In fact you quoted some internet tools that I ´ve never been heard (TED & Linkedin). Usually I ´m not familiar with those internet tools and others as twiteer and facebook I don´t like. However others as google map / google translator and others traslator I like. I love to use google search and the Wikipedia encyclopedia. Thanks for your information. By the way thanks Harry for the new english traslator. I¨ll check it.

    Well Emilio I will read the next post.


    Orion from Panama

  • Comment number 20.

    hi emilio im wiiliam from united stated

    thanks i know to use the internet already, please is more interesting to talk about something that you do on internet not just said gogle

  • Comment number 21.

    Hello Everybody. it was really wonderful to read your post. honestly i use the facebook more than any other site for its important to keep in touch with each other, and the idea was smart to make a site like that because i have people in a diffrent cities that why i use it. also i use the google and its very good and easy way to find information which i need them to make research or something like that. nice to read your post and thank you for chossing a subjects like that.

  • Comment number 22.

    Hi everybody,

    I guess this blog is very interesting.I prefer to use the search engine google and wikipedia encyclopedia. On wikipedia I get valid and researched information related to the fields of my engineering studies. In the past I also used the site howstuffworks to understand technical processes. Regards


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