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Websites that changed the world

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Amazon used to be a large river in South America - but that was before the world wide web. This month the web is 15 years old and in that short time it has revolutionised the way we live, from shopping to booking flights, writing blogs to listening to music. Here, the Observer's Net specialist charts the web's remarkable early life and we tell the story of the 15 most influential websites to date.
Brandon Glover's comment, February 18, 2014 8:00 AM
Amazon is one of the largest online shopping outlets in the world. Originally opened as an online book store under the name Cadabra, it was renamed to Amazon, and has since gained massive following from over 35 million world wide consumers. Amazon keeps itself competitive by keeping costs low compared to physical stores, even Walmart, and are known to be very reliable in shipping quality products from thousands of different manufacturer sources. Amazon continues to be the largest online department store to date, and likely always will be.
Brandon Glover's comment, February 18, 2014 8:05 AM
It is hard to argue that Google is the most well known website in the world. Having become its own word in the official Oxford English Dictionary; Google has become a super power in data collection and management. Innovative search mechanics are what originally made Google so popular, being faster and more accurate than search engines before it, the results it came up with were often of more use than those another engine would find. This success lead to the growth of Google as a company and they soon opened more branches to include online email, shopping, news, image searching, and now mobile phone development. If any website has changed the world, and will continue to do so, it is Google. The search engine alone lands over 1 billion uses per day, and can be considered the single largest method of information gathering the world.
Brandon Glover's comment, February 18, 2014 8:12 AM
With the internet only being 15 years old, there is certainly more that can come from such a huge and unlimited resource. Open development that almost anyone can learn, and billions of people with new ideas can only point to an even wider horizon for the Internet in coming years. While it has already changed our lives and launched us into the Information Age, technology will grow and develop to suit the needs of the internet, which will become the backbone of society. Today people take for granted tasks such as buying airline tickets and getting a car repaired, but in the past, both of these tasks would have required going to the place at which these services were sold, now you need only log onto a computer and either find a travel service, or schedule an appointment online with your local mechanic. Innovation will continue to lead the Internet into the future and make our lives easier.
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Facebook Effect: How The Social Network Changed the World

Facebook Effect: How The Social Network Changed the World | Aspect 1: Can a website change the world? |
Yahoo! Finance to stream LIVE coverage of the Facebook IPO today starting at 10:45 am. WATCH IT LIVE HERE! In case you have not heard, Facebook (FB) goes public today and its initial public offering makes it the most valuable company at the time of its offering to ever go public. At $38 a share [...]
Brandon Glover's comment, February 17, 2014 8:00 AM
12.8% of the worlds population uses facebook currently, more than any other social media website ever 526 million of which are daily users. In comparison, only about 1.8 million people per day read The New York Times, one of the longest running news papers in the United States and arguably the most well known. 80% of Facebooks users are outside of North America, and it is credited to facilitating uprisings in the Middle East and liberating entire countries. Since then, videos related to the Arab Spring have flooded Facebook, and shown the world the conditions maintained under corrupt leaders all over the Mid East. Facebook has been a huge step towards news transparency and wide spread freedom.
Brandon Glover's comment, February 17, 2014 8:08 AM
Facebook was the single most valuable company at the time of its Initial Public Offering, at $38 per share, or roughly $104 billion. With over 901 million active users, Facebook is the single largest social media website ever, and continues to grow and surpass expectations from its creator, Mark Zuckerburg. Technology journalist David Kirkpatrick feels that Facebook has become more of an infrastructure connecting the world than just a website for social sharing and claims that in the near future, nothing seems like it will be able to replace Facebook in popularity. The amount of information shared on Facebook every day is staggering, over 300 million pictures alone are shared every single day. In total over 2.5 billion photos, status's, shared websites, and other assorted media are shared every day, over 500 terabytes of data. With this kind of capacity, it would be almost impossible for the majority of facebook users to transfer their media to another social media service, which is Kirkpatricks main point as to why Facebook will remain popular.
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YouTube: YouTube's Impact

Brandon Glover's comment, February 13, 2014 8:01 AM
Youtube has become an increasingly more influencial method of wide spread media in the last 6 years. This is especially true of politics, as they can reach more potential voters than previously able to. The public can also voice their opinion about topics immediately, and more people have access to resources to make them more well educated voters. 2008 was the first year that youtube seemed to have a major effect on voing, especially the debates leading up to the election, where people were free to voice their opinions almost at the same time that the debate was going on.
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Average number of social networking “friends” 195 | The Wall Blog

Average number of social networking “friends” 195 | The Wall Blog | Aspect 1: Can a website change the world? |
Consumers are increasingly conscious of the information they place on social networking sites with 81% indicating that they think twice before posting something
Brandon Glover's comment, February 17, 2014 8:14 AM
With 72% of the internets population being active on at least one social networking website, it is hard to imagine where the internet would be without websites like Facebook, or the late MySpace, which still 12% of the internets users are former members of. The average Facebook user has 195 friends, even with 79% of the users surveyed in this study claiming to be selective about who they accept as a friend online. Out of the 72% of the population online using social media, 51% of the internet (not the 72%) are Facebook members. Over half of the active population on the internet are registered users to a single social media website.
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World Internet Users Statistics Usage and World Population Stats

Internet World Stats, Population and Internet Users in all countries and usage in all regions of the world. The Internet Big Picture.
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