Surfing

What Does Surfing Mean?

On the World Wide Web, surfing means to move from one Web page to another, usually in an undirected manner. When surfing, the user typically visits pages based on what interests him/her at the moment.

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Techopedia Explains Surfing

The term comes from “TV channel surfing,” but instead of clicking on the buttons of the remote, the user jumps from page to page by clicking on the links in the Web page.

Surfing is an activity that started with the advent of the World Wide Web. With hypertext links, users can go not only from one part of a document to another, but also from one document to another, including those located in remote sites. Surfing is a favorite pastime for millions of people around the world who have access to the Internet. Many users are hooked on it, spending countless hours doing casual searches or other online activities. Some do it to kill time.

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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.