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Hobbies or special interests —A web page can contain information about a partic-
ular topic, hobby, or something you're interested in; for example, music, Star Trek ,
motorcycles, cult movies, hallucinogenic mushrooms, antique ink bottles, or
upcoming jazz concerts in your city.
Publications —Newspapers, magazines, and other publications lend themselves
particularly well to the Web, and websites have the advantage of being more imme-
diate and easier to update than their print counterparts. Delivery is a lot simpler,
too. The same holds true for a newsletter for your garden club or news about your
Company profiles —You could offer information about what a company does,
where it's located, job openings, data sheets, whitepapers, marketing collateral,
product demonstrations, and whom to contact.
Online documentation —The term online documentation can refer to everything
from quick-reference cards to full reference documentation to interactive tutorials
or training modules. Anything task-oriented (changing the oil in your car, making a
soufflé, creating landscape portraits in oil, learning HTML) could be described as
Shopping catalogs —If your company offers items for sale, making your products
available on the Web is a quick and easy way to let your customers know what you
have available and your prices. If prices change, you can just update your web doc-
uments to reflect that new information.
Online stores —The Web is a great place to sell things. Various sites let just about
anybody sell stuff online. You can auction your goods off at eBay or sell them for a
fixed price at half.com. Amazon.com lets you do both. You can also create your
own online store if you want. There's plenty of software out there these days to
make the task of selling things online a lot easier than it used to be.
Polling and opinion gathering —Forms on the Web enable you to get feedback
from your visitors via opinion polls, suggestion boxes, comments on your web
pages or your products, or through interactive discussion groups.
Online education —The low cost of information delivery to people anywhere with
an Internet connection via the Web makes it an attractive medium for delivery of
distance-learning programs. Already, numerous traditional universities, and new
online schools and universities, have begun offering distance learning on the Web.
For example, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is placing teaching materi-
als online for public use at http://ocw.mit.edu/.
Anything else that comes to mind —Hypertext fiction, online toys, media
archives, collaborative art…anything!