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 +What are the benefits of getting online?
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 +
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 + by [Michael Mulquin](mailto:​michael@iscommunications.co.uk)
 +\<​michael@iscommunications.co.uk\>​\
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 +
 +*Michael Mulquin wrote this article in 1997 when chair of UK Communities
 +Online*
 +
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 +
 +-   You can send a message to many people at once very cheaply - useful
 +    for building campaigns and alerting users or potential users and
 +    partner organisations to new initiatives etc. It costs the same to
 +    send a message to 1 or to 100 or more people.\
 +    \
 +-   ​Research indicates that there is only a 20% chance of reaching
 +    someone by phone during the business day. Using e-mail eliminates
 +    this problem as both parties can read/write at their convenience.\
 +    \
 +-   You can ask a question of a lot of people at once to find if anyone
 +    knows the answer or has relevant experience. Using electronic
 +    mailing lists and newsgroups give access to a theoretically
 +    unlimited pool of international expertise.\
 +    \
 +-   You can send documents almost instantly. This includes spreadsheets,​
 +    databases, graphics and even sound as well as text and also, using a
 +    scanner, you can copy documents to send.\
 +    \
 +-   ​Bulletin Boards can facilitate the discussion of issues. You can
 +    post your ideas publicly and other people can publicly or privately
 +    comment on them.\
 +    \
 +-   You can link up with users and other local, national and
 +    international groups with similar interests, whether they are
 +    voluntary, statutory or private.\
 +    \
 +-   The ethnic background, gender, age or physical ability of people
 +    online is much less obvious and so people'​s contributions are valued
 +    much more on their own merit.\
 +    \
 +-   You can acquire a skill that is becoming increasingly important.\
 +    \
 +-   You can carry out research by using '​search engines'​ to hunt through
 +    billions of words on the World Wide Web and in discussions groups.
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