(IMDb’s The Shawshank Redemption Page)
IMDb stands for Internet Movie Database. It is THE site for looking up any questions about movies you may have. The layout is fairly simple. There’s a search bar at the top of the home screen you can use to look up all kinds of useful/useless film information. You just type in either an actor, actress, television show, movie, director, screenwriter, etc., and a list of information about what you searched will come up. If your wanted to look up information of The Shawshank Redemption, you would just type it in and you would be lead to a screen full of cast information, director, producer, trivia about the movie, photos, and many other things. It will also give you a content rating of the film and tell you what kinds of “adult things” may be in it (In case you’re a worried parent). Another interesting thing about the page is how it gives particular performance ratings to each movie, on a scale of 1 to 10. I believe the ratings are based mostly on “user reviews,” but they are typically pretty accurate. Anything with a rating of 8.0 or higher is usually pretty good.
(Amazon Home Page)
Amazon is a site for home shopping, and is probably the most widely used of that type. It offers numerous deals of items at different prices (usually pretty cheap, but not always), from various sellers. Many normal people from around the country sell items on the site, and as they sell, consumer often give them reviews on how the experience was. So a frequent seller might have a 50% (untrustworthy) rating or a 99% (trustworthy) rating. All you have to do is make an account by providing and email and password. There is also a service on the site called AmazonPrime that allows additional discounts on items and low shipping costs. The site is set up so whenever you search for certain items, Amazon uses “cookies” to keep track of your likes and dislikes. So, every once in a while it will offer you recommendations of other things you may be interested in purchasing. It’s a pretty good way to shop.