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15 Websites That Changed the World

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the shake-it-up dept.

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nuke-alwin writes "To mark the web's 15th anniversary, The Guardian is reporting on 15 websites that changed the world. Everything from commercial sites like eBay and Amazon to social collaboratives like Wikipedia and Slashdot made the list." From the article's comments on Blogger: "Content was once made by companies for passive consumption by people. After Blogger, people were the content. They wrote about and read about their friends, their opinions, their cats. (There was a lot about cats in the early blogs.) None had a huge audience but collectively they were massive. Now you see TV networks saying: 'We've gotta get on the web because that's where the audience is,' says Williams."

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298 comments

Someone's gotta do this, and I don't like whoring (5, Informative)

Enselic (933809) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906188)

1. eBay.com 2. wikipedia.com 3. napster.com 4. youtube.com 5. blogger.com 6. friendsreunited.com (School reunion site) 7. drudgereport.com (News site) 8. myspace.com 9. amazon.com 10. slashdot.org 11. salon.com (Online magazine and media company) 12. craigslist.org (A centralised network of online urban communities) 13. google.com (Popular search engine) 14. yahoo.com 15. easyjet.com (Budget airline)

Re:Someone's gotta do this, and I don't like whori (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906215)

15. easyjet.com

how did this slip in? did they sponsor the article?

Re:Someone's gotta do this, and I don't like whori (4, Informative)

wizbit (122290) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906244)

Apparently, they were the first airline to offer tickets on budget flights online:

EasyJet was the first low-cost British airline and, presciently, the first to start taking bookings over the internet, although, as Stelios admits, he wasn't won over straight away.

'We started off as something very obscure like 1145678.com. And I said: "This is never going to fill the planes. It's just for nerds." Then some time in 1997 we bought the domain easyjet.com for about £1,000 and put up a proper website. At that time we had the telephone number in big letters on the side of the plane. And we put a different telephone number on the website. Week after week I watched how quickly the numbers were growing and that gave me the confidence in April 1997 to launch a booking site.'

Re:Someone's gotta do this, and I don't like whori (5, Funny)

Enselic (933809) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906232)

Great, misformatted and I forgot to check 'Post Anonymously'. Great.

Re:Someone's gotta do this, and I don't like whori (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906465)

I was wondering... ;^)

one man's summary (5, Funny)

acvh (120205) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906300)

1. eBay.com - a big Flea Market
2. wikipedia.com - Brittanica on the bathroom wall
3. napster.com - for about three minutes
4. youtube.com - eh
5. blogger.com - they wanted to acknowledge blogging, this is their surrogate
6. friendsreunited.com (School reunion site)- never heard of it. probably helpful for stalking that girl who spit on you in 10th grade.
7. drudgereport.com (News site)- not really a News Site. A link aggregator with an agenda.
8. myspace.com - for about three MORE minutes
9. amazon.com - changed shopping, anyway.
10. slashdot.org - WHO?
11. salon.com (Online magazine and media company)- changed the world? How about "provides a home for whining elitists"?
12. craigslist.org - supermarket community bulletin board with more eyes
13. google.com - changed the Internet maybe. The WORLD? nah
14. yahoo.com - see #13
15. easyjet.com (Budget airline)- see #6

If this is how the Internet has changed the world, please have it changed back promptly.

Re:one man's summary (3, Interesting)

Pleb'a.nz (712848) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906467)

google.com - changed the Internet maybe. The WORLD? nah
Uh, hello. Did you miss the ./ article just previously where google has become a verb. I'd call that changing the world. I'd call yours 1/2 a man summary.

Salon.com (1)

twistedcubic (577194) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906542)

I agree. I used to read the website frequently, before the forced ad, and I like it a lot. But has it changed the world? Please. Probably only 0.001% of the world's population has even heard of it. By the way, where do you find these (liberal) elitists? I only see them on television, and read about the in right-wing publications.

Re:one man's summary (2, Insightful)

dueyfinster (872608) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906547)

13. google.com - changed the Internet maybe. The WORLD? nah

Changed the web, yes, the internet is their next target [com.com] .....

Re:one man's summary (5, Interesting)

PMuse (320639) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906652)

From profound to negligible, they are:
  • 13. google.com - Search engines indeed changed the world, but Google has never claimed to be the first.
  • 9. amazon.com, 1. eBay.com, 15. easyjet.com (Budget airline) - Online commerce is important, but there were many pioneers. Expedia.com or one of it's bretheren might deserve a mention, but the importance of budjet airlines like easyjet wasn't their websites.
  • 5. blogger.com , 4. youtube.com - Content from the masses -- writing, video, and music, too. With the cost of publishing, distribution, and holding inventory reduced to near zero, change is indeed afoot.
  • 6. friendsreunited.com (School reunion site), 8. myspace.com - Social networking sites certainly deserve a mention. The strength of their effect on social organization is not yet known.
  • 2. wikipedia.com - Online collaboration in software is changing the world, but outside the software field it hasn't proven itself yet. The field is still young, though.
  • 3. napster.com - Herald of the era of online music and of music -sharing lawsuits.
  • 14. yahoo.com - Unable to point to a great iconic achievement, the portals will wind up sharing a footnote with AOL.
  • 10. slashdot.org - A fine example of its kind, but 'changed history' is a little much.
  • 12. craigslist.org - Ditto.
  • 11. salon.com (Online magazine and media company) - Ditto.
  • 7. drudgereport.com (News site) - Ditto, sort of.

Missing from the list: (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906312)

Suck.com, the site that basically invented the idiom of political blogging five years early, and mocked salon.com and drudgereport.com on those sites' rise into faddishness among the "old media".

But, of course, a site like Suck would never show up on a list like this. An article about this is basically a shrine to media enthusiasm about the internet-- a validation of the idea that the importance of a website can be measured by the significance that established pre-internet information sources (like The Guardian) attach to it. In such a context, we are of course not going to reward the people who tried to look at the internet as what it actually was, rather than what the media made it out to be.

No dupe? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906587)


Someone's gotta do this, and I don't like whoring (Score:4, Informative)
by Enselic (933809) * on Monday August 14, @05:38PM (#15906188)

1. eBay.com 2. wikipedia.com 3. napster.com 4. youtube.com 5. blogger.com 6. friendsreunited.com (School reunion site) 7. drudgereport.com (News site) 8. myspace.com 9. amazon.com 10. slashdot.org 11. salon.com (Online magazine and media company) 12. craigslist.org (A centralised network of online urban communities) 13. google.com (Popular search engine) 14. yahoo.com 15. easyjet.com (Budget airline)


How come Slashdot is only listed once?

Re:No dupe? (4, Funny)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906634)

How come Slashdot is only listed once?

It was ABOUT Slashdot, not ON Slashdot. otherwise there would have been the obligatory dupe, listing them twice.

Be honest now (1)

alexo (9335) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906649)


How many of these sites actually changed the world ?

Missing one... (2, Funny)

creimer (824291) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906209)

Where's my website [creimer.ws] ?! Didn't my Slashdot F.A.Q. [creimer.ws] change the world? :P

missing websites (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906213)

Where is 2chan and 4chan?

Re:missing websites (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906329)

Worse, where's fchan?

Re:missing websites (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906397)

Hiding in the basement from Bernal.

Thank you, Post Anonymously.

Re:missing websites (1)

27,000 (987534) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906339)

Preparing to bring down The Guardian under a flood of desu? Anonymous does not forgive.

Re:missing websites (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906479)

We are legion etc. Think they'll tremble before our wrath? ;P

Re:missing websites (1)

crabpeople (720852) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906567)

Better yet,
WHAT is 2chan and 4chan?

Re:missing websites (2, Informative)

27,000 (987534) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906696)

Anonymous Web BBS, both born from the original 2ch: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2channel [wikipedia.org]

2chan is a Japanese offshoot, while 4chan is the English language board (started by SA goons). 4chan alone has more comment traffic than /. with some 50,000 posts daily. 4chan saw hundreds of fans at the recent Otakon conference. Not world changing, but easily more popular than the lower ranks on this list. From 4chan has come Onechan, WTFux, fChan, not4chan, iichan, 420chan...

#16 The Pirate Bay? (5, Interesting)

Keruo (771880) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906225)

Founded: 2004 by Fredrik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm

users: alot

What is it? One of the only filesharing sites able to stick it to the man. Even after dealing with police.

Hopefully eventually able to trigger positive discussion and evolution in copyright laws.

Re:#16 The Pirate Bay? (1)

Krilomir (29904) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906563)

>One of the only filesharing sites able to stick it to the man. Even after dealing with police.

I don't know about that. They lost their battle in Sweden and moved to the Netherlands. Most other torrent-sites just give up when they first get closed down. I would like to see TPB spark more debate about copyright issues, but it hasn't really happened yet in the general media (except for in Sweden maybe).

"Sticking it to the man" (4, Insightful)

Infonaut (96956) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906708)

From Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] :

Upon reopening on June 3, 2006, its number of visitors has doubled, the increased popularity attributed to greater exposure through the recent media coverage. This has in turn increased the advertisement revenues to the founders Gottfrid Svartholm and Fredrik Neij. The advertisements now generate about 75,000 USD per month according to speculations by Swedish newspaper SvD.

I guess you could call that "sticking it to the man." You could also call it profiting. Perhaps a bit less Robin Hood and a bit more ticket scalper.

lots of web 2.0 eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906233)

scanning the list I was prepared to be angry, but they did a pretty decent job of calling out the list correctly; though it feels a little web 2.0 heavy to me. And... blogger.com, really? I would think that livejournal would have been a better choice for the "dragging down journalistic standards/bluring the line between infotainment and slice of life." category...

LiveJournal (4, Interesting)

mdwh2 (535323) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906573)

And... blogger.com, really? I would think that livejournal would have been a better choice for the "dragging down journalistic standards/bluring the line between infotainment and slice of life." category...

I was wondering why not LiveJournal, too. They were both created in 1999 (and according to Wikipedia, LJ was March compared with August for Blogger). LiveJournal also combined it with the social networking aspect, which I don't believe Blogger does(?). It wasn't the first social networking site - but are there any earlier ones still going today? And were there any earlier social networking sites that combined it with "blogging"/journalling?

Not to mention the source being open, and having spawned many other sites. Does that apply to blogger?

(Though I disagree it's "dragging down journalistic standards" - LiveJournal is primarily used for journalling and discussions with friends, not "pretending to be a journalist" like many blogs - but nonetheless, LJ can be used for stereotypical standalone blogging if you wish.)

Myspace, blogger, youtube (4, Insightful)

phorm (591458) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906241)

Not all these changes have been positive. In terms of large-scale changes along those lines I'd probably include the nasties such as doubleclick and whatnot. They've definately had a lasting impression on how advertising is done on the 'net (regardless of poor motives or whether it was a possitive impression)

Re:Myspace, blogger, youtube (1)

mdwh2 (535323) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906596)

Not all these changes have been positive. In terms of large-scale changes along those lines I'd probably include the nasties such as doubleclick and whatnot.

Okay I'll bite. Whilst I can't stand how most MySpace pages look (and sound...), how have these changes been negative? Can't you just like, not go to those sites?

Dam... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906246)

Where's Digg...

Probably going to be redundant (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906247)

What no goatse? AC to protect the guilty

Sorry.. but... Slashdot (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906254)

..just ain't that influential.

Barely a blip on the radar screen.

Re:Sorry.. but... Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906322)

Unbelievable.

Tell the truth and you're a troll. Golly gee... I guess I violated the slashdrone rules of conduct. NEVER CRITICIZE THE SLASHDOT GOD.

You guys need to get laid.

What about goatse? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Crowhead (577505) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906258)

That changed my world, permanently.

Re:What about goatse? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906363)

Oh, grow up.

What? (2, Funny)

DiscWolf (976849) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906275)

How can you trust a list like that when it doesn't include goatse. Where have they been?

napster.com? (4, Insightful)

muftak (636261) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906280)

napster.com wasn't really a website that changed the world, napster was a bit of software that changed the world.

Re:napster.com? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Crowhead (577505) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906331)

Here's how Napster changed the world: It made a generation of young people think that getting music for free was practically a birthright.

Re:napster.com? (1)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906737)

Just like their great great great grandparents.

Re:napster.com? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906762)

Here's how Napster changed the world: It made a generation of young people think that getting music for free was practically a birthright.
nah, cassette tapes did that, we always wanted it for free, napster came along and made it possible for lots of kids.

Quibbler (4, Insightful)

Paladin144 (676391) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906282)

I'm gonna have to quibble (stand back everyone!).

#3 - Napster.com

Ummm... I don't think anybody was going there because of the website. Napster was technically a program that you downloaded and installed on your computer. It used different ports than good ol' 80 and it was not a website in any recognizable way.

Nothing wrong with Napster, I'm just sayin'!... If we let napster.com in, then why not let microsoft.com in?

Re:Quibbler (1)

advs89 (921250) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906443)

No, not if its referring to Napster.com's recent move to creating the very first free but ad-sponsored, "listen-to-a-song-all-the-way-through-five-times-a t-the-cost-of-watching-a-20-or-so-second-ad" site. I use this site regularly in order to listen to an entire cd before I buy it. This way, I listen to it beginning to end, and If I don't like it, then all I lose is that 15 minutes of my time.

At very least, it definitely changed my cd purchasing experience...

Blipverse. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906285)

I'm sorry but how did slashdot "change the world"? Especially compared to all the other sites out there?

One word (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906373)

Comments.

I don't see how napster.com made the list (0, Redundant)

artifex2004 (766107) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906286)

The original Napster program, as a groundbreaking P2P app, certainly was very important in changing the way the Internet is used.
The website itself, however, was just a place to download the program.

If a music-sharing site needs to be on the list, the original MP3.com is a better choice.

Stupid mistake (0, Redundant)

sootman (158191) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906291)

It wasn't Napster, the website, that changed the world. It was Napster, the software. Everyone I know went to the site exactly once--to download the app. It was not a "file sharing site."

There was a lot about cats in the early blogs. (5, Funny)

overshoot (39700) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906301)

Silly, that's because a cat owns the Internet.

Re:There was a lot about cats in the early blogs. (2, Funny)

Kesch (943326) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906417)

I, for one, welcome our feline overlords.

Aww, aren't they so cute and fuzzy wuzzy? I think I'm gonna go find one of our overlords now and place his cutsy-wutsy self in my lap.*

*Note from feline overlords: The above message of cuteness and cuddliness is not endorsed by Felines Leading Understanding of Fierocity and Feralness in You.(FLUFFY)

Shush (1)

overshoot (39700) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906434)

Hey -- someone else remembers. I wondered.

Re:There was a lot about cats in the early blogs. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906611)

Stop playing that old game of Wing Commander! The cats don't own the Internet or the Universe!

Prominent and missing (1)

Cybert4 (994278) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906304)

kuro5hin.org;digg.com;techreport.com (just because it has the audacity to ask for donations);mathworld.wolfram.com;news.bbc.co.uk

FriendsReuni...what? (2, Informative)

Itninja (937614) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906338)

I must have been absent in geek school the day they talked about friendsreunited.com. I had never even heard about it until I read the list.

Re:FriendsReuni...what? (1)

Babbster (107076) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906549)

One (me) suspects they were trying hard to get a non-US (particularly UK given the origin of the list) website or two on the list.

15 Years ago... (5, Funny)

Nuclear Elephant (700938) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906350)

To get a handle on the scale of what has happened, think back to what the world was like 15 years ago.

It was much BETTER...
  • John Romero wrote better games
  • People still built robot girlfriends
  • Nobody posted Goatsie on fidomail (and if they did, you had plenty of time to cancel the download)
  • If you didn't have anything interesting to say in a chatroom, you could just ask, "hey isn't this cool?"
  • Chicks digged us, cos we could hack their school grades and launch global thermonuclear wars

Re:15 Years ago... (2, Insightful)

garcia (6573) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906545)

John Romero wrote better games

Everyone wrote better games then. 10 years ago Romero came out with the best game at the time in a genre that has unforunately stuck around with people believing each one is "new".

anon.penet.fi (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906358)

anon.penet.fi was a classic- more of a service than a website, but it was just one of those things that made anonymnity accesable (and yes, I did post this as AC)

It's hard to argue that any of these sites (2, Interesting)

hey! (33014) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906360)

have changed the world. Not as individual sites. What is remarkable is how little claim most of these sites have to world changing status.

Google is the strongest contender. But even Google did not invent the search engine, it "merely" improved it greatly. The Altavista engine, in its day, was a marvel, and it introduced on-line translation. But at the same time Altavista launched, there was Lycos and Excite.

As a class search engine sites have certainly changed the world. But they appear to me to be a natural development of the web.

It is possible that a web site like the Drudge report might tip an election and change the world but it hasn't happened.

Collective bloggers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906361)

TFA lumps bloggers together as collectively having a huge influence although any individual blog may not have such a large audience. Speaking personally, that rings true. Many/most of the sites I visit regularly would be classified as blogs. The standard media often omit important stories or omit important facts about those stories. Blogs represent a way to get at the truth. My favorite is Groklaw. My guess (WAG) is that it killed off SCO's FUD factory a year earlier than it would otherwise have died. (OK I know SCO is still alive but nobody believes them any more.)

5.5m users a month? (3, Interesting)

celardore (844933) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906364)

10. slashdot.org Founded: Rob Malda, 1997, US Users: 5.5m per month

What the hell does 5.5m users per month mean? AFAIK the user IDs aren't even at 1m yet.

Re:5.5m users a month? (3, Funny)

ettlz (639203) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906455)

This is the Grauniad we're talking about here. Forgive them, for they know roughly what they do.

Re:5.5m users a month? (1)

joe 155 (937621) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906521)

wow, another Private Eye reader.

That's about all I had to say...

Re:5.5m users a month? (1)

commanderfoxtrot (115784) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906731)

There are several of us on here...

Hey... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906473)

Hey, don't forget me!

Re:Hey... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906518)

Or me!

Re:5.5m users a month? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906538)

What the hell does 5.5m users per month mean? AFAIK the user IDs aren't even at 1m yet.

Hmm, people like me?

Not everyone bothers getting an account (4, Funny)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906584)

He said flashing his 4 digit UID. Oi you, get off my lawn.

 

wikipedia dot com? (1)

Reverend528 (585549) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906365)

Until I read this, I didn't know that the wikimedia foundation had even registered the .com domain (though, it does make sense). It appears to be nothing more than a redirect to wikipedia.org.

Re:wikipedia dot com? (1)

SYSS Mouse (694626) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906531)

Wikipedia was originally hosted under .com before moving to .org

first off... (1)

timelady (566419) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906380)

noone will agree with all of the sites they list, should make for robust discusson.
nonetheless, bear in mind they are not talking about current influence, they are talking about the sites that shaped the web as it is today. slashdot may have less visitors/subscribers than digg (i have nfi, actually), but it was a groundbreaker.
though napster, the software, was the thing, not napster.com. okay, lots people went to napster.com to get it, but i think thats stretching - mirror sites dont get included as they shold by that criteria.
i think it is an interesting and quite surprisingly good list. for a change - these things are usually a bit light/trite.

Re:first off... (1)

rogue_variable (517155) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906495)

...websites don't change the world. I mean come on. The Internet as a whole, ok. Now the transistor, small pox vacine, long distance phone calls, polio vacine (you see where I am going with this don't you?) those things changed the world.

Re:first off... (2, Insightful)

Babbster (107076) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906602)

...websites don't change the world. I mean come on. The Internet as a whole, ok.

It does little good to have an Internet if there are no reasons to use it. Several of the sites in their list would qualify as "killer apps," causing someone to buy a PC and hook it up to the Internet where they otherwise wouldn't have done so.

no pr0n? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906386)

What gives? Give the Hun some props, eh wot. He's made it with the same format through thick and thin, through the dot bomb years, etc and still cranking it out. Very similar to drudge, plain page, links to content, nothing changes, what you see is what you get, successful. Even though people won't speak of it as much. You CAN'T tell me he isn't popular.

Slashdot's standing... (4, Interesting)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906409)

I was a /.er for a while beforehand, but when the Columbine shootings happened and then the massive backlash against kids who "don't fit in" sparked the Hellmouth series I was hooked. Slashdot helped to change the world due to those two stories.

Katz was a fucktard but the Hellmouth [slashdot.org] series [slashdot.org] were groundbreaking. [slashdot.org]

LK

Anyone can play this game. (0, Redundant)

ettlz (639203) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906436)

1. Google.com; 2. Slashdot; 3. arXiv.org (preprints galore); 4. HoTMaiL (back when it was good); 5. Amazon.com 6. Wikipedia; 7. Flickr; 8. del.icio.us; 9. The Internet Archive; 10. Cryptome; 11. goatse.cx 12. MathWorld; 13. eBay/PayPal; 14. MySpace; 15. Timecube.

Tim Berners-Lee (3, Interesting)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906440)

Interesting, he's going to go down in history with similar status as Gutenberg. One of the very very few people alive who will still be referenced in 500, 1000 years where even kings, prime ministers and presidents will be forgotten.

 

Re:Tim Berners-Lee (2, Insightful)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906558)

That is not necessarily true. it is only now, that the book is heading towards obsolescence. For all these centuries, the book has been needed throughout the world. Once a tech is outmoded, then the history tends to be forgotten. After all, how many here can name those that developed ftp, gopher (who, not where), slip (the forerunner to PPP) or SGML (the true foundation of HTML)? And I mean without googling it.

The web will probably go to the side within another 20 years. Once it does, Tim and others will be a foot note in history within 100 years.

10. Slashdot (1)

Bogue (652570) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906444)

....There is also the Slashdot effect, where a site is swamped by heavy traffic from a Slashdot link and....

School reunion website...? (2)

TheNoxx (412624) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906448)

Maybe I've just missed the boat on that one, but it doesn't seem to have more of an impact than any of the sites listed below it... and EasyJet? First time I've heard of them, but again, could've just been out to lunch for that one, but both seem more like advertising plugs than deserving of being on the list. If anything, those modding group websites that release patches like good old Hot Coffee for GTA seem to have made a much larger impact. Shit, if you're going to put up Napster as a website, then you might as well add iTunes.com too. I do wish Cryptome was up there, but... not too surprised it isn't.

Oh well. I suppose most irk-worthy point is that artists haven't found a large, well-organized central hub on the web to gather around. I suppose Deviantart counts, but... not really. Friends that are far more talented than I can't find any good groups (and technically, the site discourages forming groups. Brilliant.) to organize projects with or easily find people of the same caliber, or just the same level of dedication (hobbyist vs. career artist).

That, and as it was noted before, the job-finding/headhunting websites are ridiculously inept in comparison to what they could achieve and help others achieve.

Re:School reunion website...? (2, Interesting)

Omestes (471991) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906559)

I like Flickr much better than DA. Flickr is a little bit less snobby, and its easier to ignore the plethera of angsty goths. Granted the signal to noise ratio is much higher on Flickr, but as a whole I think the quality of people is a bit better.

Speaking of, why aren't the social websites (yes, I could call them Web 2.0, but then I'd have to go shoot myself) such as del.icio.us, or Flickr? Granted del.icio.us has not actually changed much in-itself it started the whole social thing that is so prevelant these days.

And how has a software homepage changed how we use the internet? Whatabout Winamp.com, or iTunes.com? It is rather absurd, the most time people spent on Napster's page was to find where the download link was. And while I'm bitching why is Blogger.com there? Didn't LiveJournal come first on the free blogging scene? Perhaps even, to be blasphemous, Google should be replaced with Yahoo, since Google was only really following in the footsteps of Yahoo, and can be seen (in the eyes of 10 years ago) as the Yahoo of today.

How has Slashdot changed the internet, or how people experience it? It brought strange, long-running, inside jokes to the unsuspected masses? Increasing the general FUD content of the world? Validating fat kids in their mothers basements as having something to say? Sporadically downing random websites across the lands? Slashdot, the Mongol invation of the internet.

It's a little uk/euro centric (4, Informative)

grahamsz (150076) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906585)

FriendsReunited is a school reunion site, or probably a Web 2.0 social networking paradigm. I can only think of about 1 person in my high school class that isn't listed, it's got phenomenal scope. Unfortunately they started charging to contact people, and quite honestly i dont care that much about contacting old friends... after all I lost contact with them for good reason.

OTOH easyjet are huge. I'm not sure how you could miss them, they pretty much changed the european airline industry.

I thought it was actually a fairly good list. Considering i've used almost every one of those sites, and at least half of them would be in my personal top 10.

It's a UK newspaper (1)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906607)

And both Friends Reunited and EasyJet are very popular UK web sites.

 

FriendsReunited? EasyJet? Who? (1)

shawnmchorse (442605) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906463)

They can't have changed the world that much, as this is the first I've ever heard of them. I've barely heard of DrudgeReport, and that only through someone else's parent. I'd be hard pressed to consider the Blogger.com web site itself to have changed much either, since blogging as a whole took off through a myriad of web sites as far as I recall. *shrug*

Re:FriendsReunited? EasyJet? Who? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906664)

Please can people stop saying this! The Guardian is a UK newspaper, the list is a bit eurocentric. EasyJet are MASSIVE and have most definitely changed the way people fly in Europe. Do some research before posting your American-centric drivel.

Re:FriendsReunited? EasyJet? Who? (2, Interesting)

LoadStar (532607) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906733)

I definitely recognize EasyJet, though I question it's status as "world-changing," particularly a "world changing website." As for FriendsReunited - who? I'd also argue against Napster - it was the Napster program and service that possibly had a "world-changing" impact, not so much the website itself.

As for what they missed -
1) Hotmail, of course. It's really lame now, but it really was one of the catalysts for people adopting email en masse.
2) CNN.com - I mean, just think back to 9/11/01. Many people didn't turn to TV for news, they went to CNN.com (as well as MSNBC.com and a host of other news sites, admittedly, but CNN.com was probably most prominent that day).
3) NetworkSolutions.com, just because for a long time, they were the ONLY .com TLD registrar.

I know a couple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906486)

and they didn't change it in a good way:

Goatse.cx
tubgirl.com
lemonparty.org

Google #13? (1)

Sir_Lewk (967686) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906499)

While I agree with the content of the list, I don't really agree with the order. "friendsreunited.com" higher that "google.com"? Give me a break. Pretty cool that slashdot and wikipedia made the list though.

From the TFA (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906511)

... Richard Stallman, the founder of the Free Software movement and author of the GPL, says that while he doesn't support the philosophy of "open source" ...

Joe, tell me it ain't so!

After Blogger, people were the content... (1)

TheTranceFan (444476) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906548)

What's wrong with being content?

Better to be the content than to be teh ghey.

How the world is defined? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906606)

I assume the phrase 'world' here means western world.

Uhh what about.. (1)

wwiiol_toofless (991717) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906621)

www.zombo.com??!!!

Next top 15 (1)

ThePopeLayton (868042) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906633)

I forcast the next top 15 list will be

The top 15 "top 15 lists" that no one cared about.

Gosh... how many of these things are out there.

Pez? (1)

Yaksha42 (856623) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906655)

The whole Pez/eBay is fake [wikipedia.org] .

"The frequently repeated story that eBay was founded to help Omidyar's fiancée trade PEZ Candy dispensers was fabricated by a public relations manager in 1997 to interest the media. This was revealed in Adam Cohen's 2002 book and confirmed by eBay."

Slashdot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906670)

Okay, /. is neat and all, but all you guys do is cut and paste news articles and provide a comment system. Hardly earth shattering.

#1 must be netscape!!!!!!...!!!.!!.!.? (1)

LOTHAR, of the Hill (14645) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906680)

Although There were a few browsers around before Netscape. Netscape is the #1 website that transformed the Web, and the world. Everything else is derivative, or made possible by Netscape.

No pr0n or would that be too realistic? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15906692)

I mean... I don't deny that (some) of those websites left quite an impact but I sure don't believe that there aren't any pr0n related websites which had a big enough impact to place them right on that list. Sure, maybe they didn't get the massive amounts of users (or maybe we simply don't know) but a fact remains that pr0n has drawn many people to the Internet.

Just take a look at the most often used search strings on Google for example....

The real innovators (5, Interesting)

Animats (122034) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906693)

Here are some of the real innovators. The links given are all to their earliest pages, from 1996.
  • Fedex.com [archive.org] FedEx had the first major web site that did something - you could track packages and get an immediate response.
  • Viaweb.com [archive.org] The first web site that supported page creation via the web. The first general-purpose shopping cart. Eventually became Yahoo Store. Implemented in LISP.

US (1, Interesting)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906720)

notice that even though this is a british site, all but one of the sites mentioned is american.

#16 (3, Funny)

spirit_fingers (777604) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906727)

www.rodeogirlsinbondage.com

OK, maybe it didn't change, like, the WHOLE world, but it sure rocked mine.

shure why not (1)

Sitxu (223846) | more than 7 years ago | (#15906742)

If by the whole world you mean, EEUU, Canada, UK, Australia, ok go ahead the rest is meaningless.
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