Tuesday, September 26, 2006

15 websites that changed the world

It's been 15 years since the web came to be and here's a list of 15 notable sites that have changed the world. It would be interesting to see this list again 15 years from now.

[ Reposted from The Hindu ]

1. eBay.com Founded: Pierre Omidyar, 1995, US Users: 168m What is it? Auction and shopping site

2. wikipedia.com Founded: Jimmy Wales, 2001, US Users: 912,000 visits per day What is it? Online encyclopaedia

3. napster.com Founded: Shawn Fanning, 1999, US Users: 500,000 paying subscribers What is it? File sharing site

4. youtube.com Founded: Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, 2005, US Users: 100m clips watched a day What is it? Video sharing site

5. blogger.com Founded: Evan Williams, 1999, US Users: 18.5m unique visitors What is it? Weblog publishing system

6. friendsreunited.com Founded: Steve and Julie Pankhurst, 1999, UK Users: 15m What is it? School reunion site

7. drudgereport.com Founded: Matt Drudge, 1994, US Users: 8-10m page views per day What is it? News site

8. myspace.com Founded: Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe, 2003, US Users: 100m What is it? Social networking site

9. amazon.com Founded: Jeff Bezos, 1994, US Users: More than 35m customers in over 250 countries What is it? Online retailer, primarily of books, CDs and DVDs

10. slashdot.org Founded: Rob Malda, 1997, US Users: 5.5m per month What is it? Technology news website and internet forum

11. salon.com Founded: David Talbot, 1995, US Users: Between 2.5 and 3.5m unique visitors per month What is it? Online magazine and media company.

12. craigslist.org Founded: Craig Newmark, 1995, US Users: 4bn page views per month What is it? A centralised network of online urban communities, featuring free classified advertisements and forums

13. google.com Founded: Larry Page and Sergey Brin, 1998, US Users: A billion search requests per day What is it? Search engine and media corporation

14. yahoo.com Founded: David Filo and JerryYang, 1994, US Users: 400m What is it? Internet portal and media corporation

15. easyjet.com Founded: Stelios Haji-Ioannou, 1995, UK Users: 30m passengers last year What is it?: Budget airline

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