Over the course of the last two decades, the lifetime of myself and undoubtedly many others, Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s creation, the World Wide Web, has well and truly taken over the world, revolutionising the way that we carry out tasks ranging from shopping to communicating, to the point where it is now all but impossible to imagine a world without it.
The web is a place where almost anything can be found, from the useful to the unsavoury, and this list pays tribute to an assortment of different creations, each with their own unique appeal and function.
Do you believe there to be any glaring omissions? Feel free to make mention of them in the comments, so that the knowledge base of both myself and others can be improved.
The premier destination for e-commerce, Amazon began life as a bookstore, but has continuously evolved over the course of seventeen years, and now retails everything from games to garden furniture. It continues to grow, particularly in the consumer electronics market, with tablet computers and a gaming studio being amongst the firm’s latest ventures.
Honourable mentions go to Autotrader, which serves as a worldwide car dealership, allowing people to view and purchase cars that may have previously been out of their geographic boundaries, as well as Alexa, a subsidiary of Google that tracks the popularity of websites across the globe, offering reliable viewership statistics.
Love them or hate them, blogs are one of the cornerstones of the modern internet, allowing people around the world to write about their lives, experiences and subjects of expertise, mainstream or niche, regardless of whether or not anybody is actually reading them. Blogspot serves as one of the main outlets for such work, and now owned by Google, seems set to continue doing so in the near future.
An honourable mention goes to Babelfish, the name of two online translation tools, only one of which still uses the name, allowing users to have work translated into one of seventy five languages by human contributors, negating the errors prevalent in automated translations.
This article was first posted on November 15, 2012