The general difference is if you think about paper format VERSUS electronic formats.
On the internet
When saying that you found a product or some information online:
I found this book on the internet.
On a website
When you want to specify a particular website on the internet:
I found this book on the internet on a website about English prepositions.
I saw this on Amazon.
For all the social media networks
I read this on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
When we talk about websites, newspapers, magazines and companies that also exist outside of the internet:
I read it on the New York Times website.
I bought it on Sephora’s website.
On a post on Facebook, Instagram and so on
When you need to describe the exact location where you found an article or post online:
I saw this in an article on Facebook (let’s discuss In below)
I found it on a Facebook post.
On my Ipad/computer/tablet
When you describe that you have information on your electronic equipment/device:
I keep all my pictures on my Ipad.
It’s on my computer!
To watch/find something on Netflix/HBO
I watched the movie on HBO.
You can find the new show on Netflix.
On my blog
I wrote about healthy living on my blog.
On the radio
She was on the radio this morning.
Think about all the paper formats
I read it IN:
- a book
- a magazine
- a journal
- my notebook
- a newspaper
- an online magazine
- an online newspaper
- an online journal
Now take this quiz:
In or on?
Decide which you think is correct