Techboomers Categories

At Techboomers, we offer tutorials on a wide variety of websites and Internet-based services.  However, we know that not every one of them will necessarily interest you, so we've tried to group similar kinds of websites together in order to help you narrow down what you're looking for.  You can find these categories at the top of pretty much any page on our website:

Techboomers course categories

Here's a quick rundown of the kinds of websites and services that you'll see tutorials for in each category.

Social

This category contains websites and services that help you connect and communicate with other people... sometimes, even if they're halfway across the world!  These include so-called "social media networks" such as Facebook and Twitter, which let you organize and keep track of the activities of people and things you know and like.  They also include tools for communicating and sending computer files in various ways over the Internet, from electronic mail clients like Gmail to services like Skype that even let you make phone calls or have video chats!  As a final example, they include dating websites like eHarmony and Match.com, in case you're looking to connect with someone on a more romantic level.

Entertainment

This category contains websites and services that provide information about, or access to, common forms of popular culture.  These include information outlets such as the movie and television data collection at IMDb or celebrity and trend news at Buzzfeed.  These also include services that let you experience movies, television shows, and music right on your computer, such as Netflix, YouTube, and Rdio.  Also expect to see online game and humour collections in this category, including Funny or Die, a comedy website created by famed actor Will Ferrell.

Shopping

This category contains websites and services that aid you with shopping in real life, or allow you to purchase things on your computer without visiting a store.  These include discount voucher websites like Groupon, where you can print reduced-price tickets or coupons to use on a specific product at a specific store.   These also include online travel booking websites such as Expedia and Airbnb, where you can reserve accommodations without having to visit an actual agent.  You can even find online marketplaces where you can purchase goods from big box stores or third party sellers here, such as Craigslist and Amazon.

Learn

This category contains websites and services that provide useful information that promotes education and discovery.  This can include a service like StumbleUpon, a website that allows you to find new content on the Internet based on what you already like.  It can also include information hubs for things like genealogy with Ancestry.com, health advice with WebMD, or just general information with Wikipedia.  We've also included databases such as Goodreads (for books), in this category.

Everyday

This category contains websites and services that can assist you with your everyday living.  These include specialized directories that help you find people or businesses, such as Yelp.  They also include search engines such as Google Search and DuckDuckGo, comprehensive weather information at Wunderground, or file storage services like Dropbox.  As some final examples, they include money-management services such as Google Finance, or accessibility tools like Google Maps.

50+ Adults

This category contains websites and services that are specifically designed with older adults in mind.  These include older adult companionship and dating services such as Stitch, social learning communities for older adults such as Sixty and Me, and information and interest websites such as Senior Planet.

Internet 101

This category isn't actually about websites; rather, it's a general introduction to important Internet concepts.  Our "Introduction to the Internet" course, for example, explains what the Internet is, where it came from, how it differs from the World Wide Web, and what people commonly use it for.  "Internet Safety" covers how to protect yourself against viruses, hackers, and email scams, and contains some general precautions and etiquette for interacting with others online.  "Internet Privacy" explains how your information is tracked and collected on the Internet, and offers some ways that you can keep your online activity to yourself.  Finally, "Passwords" goes over what makes (or doesn't make) a strong password, and offers some tips for keeping the passwords for your Internet accounts organized.

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