Since 2000, the number of people using the Internet has increased by over 500 percent to over 2 billion people around the world, according to the Best Communications Degrees. The increase in the amount of Internet users and time people spend online has impacted the way that people communicate with each other, take high school and college classes, disseminate information and share photos. People no longer have to be face to face to be able to learn or share a new idea or start or continue a political protest. The Web has become a place where individuals can go to find and spread different forms of social and political information.
A number of websites and applications, including Pinterest, Wikileaks, WebMD and Instagram, have played major roles in changing the way that people communicate and share information. People can go on these websites to upload and share their photos, leak political information in a confidential way, look up medical conditions and perform a range of other tasks. People from all different backgrounds, including stay-at-home moms, students and politically-minded individuals, use the Internet to gather or provide information that is often of interest to others.
Source: The Internet Revolution