UK newspaper the Observer has published its list of 15 websites that have changed the world. By the Observer’s reckoning the Internet is 15 years old this month and they have celebrated by getting their net specialists to come up with their list of the 15 websites that have changed the world.
One of the striking things about the list is how many of the top places go to Web 2.0 type sites, many of them relatively new. Key positions go to Wikipedia at number 2, napster at number 3, and even though it was only created in 2005 at number 4 is youtube.com.
The top position for a conventional Web 1.0 site was Amazon at number 9. Google and Yahoo (Web 1.0 type sites that are working hard at becoming Web 2.0) were 13 and 14.
Each ranking is supported with interesting and informative background and the whole article is worth a read. And, the number one position, with 168 million users worldwide, eBay.