Part of the Computing fundamentals glossary:

In using the World Wide Web , to surf is to either:

1) Explore a sequence of Web sites in a random, unplanned way, or

2) Simply use the Web to look for something in a questing way.

As the term is ordinarily used, if you are going to one specific site you already know about, you aren't surfing. The term suggests an analogy between surfing ocean waves with a surfboard and surfing cyberspace .

This was last updated in April 2005
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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