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    (CNN) -- Spark looks at the top 10 "Web moments" since the World Wide Web was born 15 years ago, and asks viewers to vote for the one they think had the most impact in the Web's history.

    In 1990, Tim Berners-Lee launched the World Wide Web, a multimedia branch of the Internet.

    With Berners-Lee's "http protocol," computer jockeys the world over began making the Net easier to use with point-and-click programs.

    Browsers such as Mosaic and, later, Netscape Navigator would help popularize the Web, and let a billion Web pages bloom.

    Anyone could access the network, and anyone could decide what went online.

    The Web became a powerful, liberating force that brought people closer together, and shaped new businesses.

    Take Yahoo, which started as a quirky list favorite links that turned into the go-to site of the 90s.

    Or Hotmail, one of the first Web services to give away e-mail for free.

    And Ebay, which linked up buyers and sellers of nearly everything to become the world's biggest trading post.

    And of course Amazon, the online behemoth of books.

    These were the great companies of the so-called "new economy," fueled by venture capitalist sugar daddies and excitable Nasdaq punters.

    But with every dot-com blue chip, there were the dogs as well -- think of the likes of Pets.com and Globe.com.

    It all looked a bit too bubbly -- long on vision and way short on fundamentals. But today, the blue chips are still standing -- taller than ever.

    Amazon is well in the black and has proved cyber-retailing is big business, online advertising is pulling in profits at Yahoo and eBay has become an economy in its own right, with millions of users set to trade goods worth more than $40 billion this year.

    But it is Google that gets the most attention. It is the Goliath of the Web, with search, e-mail, e-commerce, instant messaging, classified ads, and even its own virtual planet with Google Earth -- all adding up to one mega-market cap.

    The Web is a thrill ride yet again. It is bigger. It is faster. And the original spirit of community-building is still there.

    Myspace -- a virtual hangout for wired teens -- has seen its membership rise to 40 million in the last year, prompting News Corp to pick up its parent for more than half a billion dollars.

    Skype is the new Hotmail -- linking millions of callers, turning the telecom market upside down, and attracting a $2.6 billion buy-out from eBay.

    Yahoo, meanwhile, swooped in on Flickr -- the service that has transformed photography into a popular social pursuit.

    The second boom is well underway. So watch this space. This may be a cyber-sequel built to last.


    Vote for the top 10 choices here:

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/12/12/w...ory/index.html
    Voted for Google all the way.

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    The poll options are lame; of those choices, Google definitely.

    Overall, I think p0rn has had the biggest impact in terms of the evolution of the internet. Secure sites, secure credit card payments, etc, were all pioneered by p0rn sites, years before anyone did any on-line banking, or buying and selling, etc. Also, p0rn trailblazed the majority of peer to peer technologies (except napster), live online webcams, chatrooms, etc.

    P0rn always leads the way. The rest follow in her wake.

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    15 years already?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbarossa
    The poll options are lame; of those choices, Google definitely.

    Overall, I think p0rn has had the biggest impact in terms of the evolution of the internet. Secure sites, secure credit card payments, etc, were all pioneered by p0rn sites, years before anyone did any on-line banking, or buying and selling, etc. Also, p0rn trailblazed the majority of peer to peer technologies (except napster), live online webcams, chatrooms, etc.

    P0rn always leads the way. The rest follow in her wake.
    Wor this is a very interesting read. Do you have a link to some sort of article, that goes in depth about this?

    Hooray for pr0n.

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    No. I just knows it.

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    oh lol...

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