The following Visual Capitalist infographic reveals what are the 20 online giants that govern the Internet since 1998, revealing which large web pages dominated the network in different periods since then.
It may seem that it was yesterday, but the principles of the end of the century -a.k.a the nineties- seem more and more distant. Today we live in a hyperconnected and hungry world -even addicted- to new technologies, in which we can make purchases through the Internet, upload videos and photographs of what we do every moment, form us from the smartphone or receive medical diagnosis through a screen.
If we take a look two decades ago, many of the main websites in 1998 were basically news aggregators or search portals, which over time diversified into mobile applications, numerous services and constellations of sub-brands. In this way, twenty years later, the world’s largest websites are complex and interconnected web properties. The infographic elaborated by Visual Capitalist analyzes the evolution of the Internet giants from 1998 to today, stopping every five years to see which platforms were at the top.
For millions of curious people in the late 1990s, the iconic AOL compact disc was the key that opened the door to the World Wide Web. In its heyday, it is estimated that 35 million people accessed the Internet using AOL. In 1999, AOL built the Dot-com bubble at breakneck levels, with a valuation that amounted to 222,000 million dollars.
As the use of the Internet began to reach a critical mass, web servers such as AngelFire and GeoCities made it easier for people to create a new home on the Web, especially the second one, which hosted millions of websites and democratized the creation of online content Finally it was closed by Yahoo in 2009, a search engine that was left with the best part of the pie and that today, acquired by Verizon, has given its throne to Google, indisputable among search engines.
Another giant that began as a grain of sand in the nineties was Amazon: the digital bookstore conceived from a garage by Jeff Bezos today is the most famous and used ecommerce on the planet, as well as the best valued company in the world, even ahead of Apple and Microsoft. Even in 2013, places that today seem far away like About.com, Ask.com and Answers.com were among the largest websites in the United States. Google seems to have devoured all these sites, becoming a universal source of answers.
Social networks have passed their stage of fashion and now constitute a common digital thread that connects people around the world. While Facebook was quickly placed in the top 20 back in 2008, other brands infused into social networks took longer to become Internet giants. However, Twitter or Snapchat have been included in 2018, while LinkedIn and Pinterest have also climbed positions, although without reaching the top of the ranking.