The biggest difference that I see is the ability to store and to access information.My applications for grad school come to mind. I still remember having to type my forms and use white out! The part I hated was repeating the same information – address, telephone number, name, social security number – over and over again. Submitting the applications was a job onto itself.
Then came pdfs and internet bandwidth so that forms can be downloaded instead of being mailed. Later came online submission forms. One group the Consortium for Minority MBA candidates was able to combine one’s key information such that it was loaded into several school applications. Chatrooms and post areas made sharing related information easier. The best word to describe the internet is convenience. Moreover, it’s convenience for all (definately for me)!
A similar take can be said for many services. The internet helped users by making key software and storage available freely so that processes and capability requires a reduced effort. For example, there use to be software which must be purchased to conduct word processing and spreadsheet data entry. Now there are free word processing and spreadsheet webware. There are free website templates, blog templates, even hosting services. A small business can develop rudimentary capabilities that at one time had to be purchased. Today I let friends who are business owner know of any cool finds that may save a step in running their business.
Pierre DeBois Founder at Zimana, LLC, Huntsville, Alabama Area, Unites States