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Nowadays, the internet has become such an essential part of our lives that it’s hard imagining life without it. Many people use the internet for entertainment by streaming movies or music videos. However, the internet can be used for so many useful things that will improve you as a person.

Below are 6 skills you need to master in today’s digital world.

1) Building Mobile Apps

Today, mobile apps are ruling the world by facilitating every aspect in your life. Learning to build mobile apps is proven to be a very lucrative skill that can be turned into a start-up business. There are many foolproof ways and online guides that tell you how to make a successful mobile app that you can enjoy. You can learn to build an app by doing market research on your idea, work with developers or an app developing software to help you code the app, design your layout and website, market it well and launch!

2) Master Social Media Skills

There are a ton of apps you can use and make the most out of personally and professionally. Use Facebook for more than just posting memes by joining/building communities through endless groups or pages. Meet people with similar interests, and share your life updates. Twitter is considered the microblogging social network world. Use it share your observations or thoughts or debate with others and meet new people. If you love visually appealing photographs, then Instagram is an app to use. You can edit photos, create a mini-portfolio on your account with beautifully aesthetic photos, or create and edit videos. Instagram is also the birthplace of influencers creating brand awareness. Pinterest is perfect if you’re looking for inspiration on DIY projects, recipes, or home remodeling ideas.

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3) Mastering the use of Hashtags

A Hashtag is a symbol (#) that is used to highlight a topic with a relevant keyword or phrase to make the searching process much easier. It actually extends beyond the social media platform and reaches many people who aren’t even following you. Hashtags have been extremely beneficial for business use and personal when someone wants to get the word out about a topic. Try to keep your keyword simple and short, don’t overuse the symbol before every word, and use it strategically by specifying the keyword instead of using a general one.

4) Optimizing your Search Skills

Internet searches through a power mogul search engine like Google is highly useful but only if you learn how to research right. Try not to make your search terms long, but specify them. Add quotes to your search term when you’re trying to find specific content with the exact same phrase. If you’re looking up song lyrics, but can’t remember the whole lyric, you can use the asterisk wild card (*) and Google will fill in the missing part. Use a hyphen to exclude the popular results when you’re looking up an ambiguous term; it will help you get the right information. Find similar websites to the ones you love by using the syntax “related:” along with the website in question. You can also use Google to search for on-site information by using “site:” after your search term along with the website you want.

5) Creating Web Alerts

Web alerts through Google that go straight to your email is extremely beneficial. Let’s say you’re running a business and want to know if it’s making waves online, or if you’re keeping tabs on a certain news topic, you can get notified anytime they appear online. Many also use Google alerts in an RSS reader. You can specify the terms you want to be notified on, the language, and even the region. You can also use an RSS reader for twitter by getting notified with the top and trending hashtags.

6) Making a dynamic website

These days, making your own dynamic website for any purpose is a skill everyone should learn. It’s easy to master web designing or web developing as long as you find the right resources to learn from. Many resources and courses are available online. You can also use WordPress because it’s free and very easy to manage when building your own website. Mastering this skill reaps endless benefits personally and professionally.

Hone in your Skills

The digital world has been advancing over the years, taking over everything from your personal day-to-day tasks to your work ones. It’s your chance to completely take advantage of the digital world, and honing the skills necessary to get ahead in life.

Tom Parillo

Tom Parillo

I am interested in all things technology, especially automation, robotics and tech that helps change how society will live in the future.