To cut to the chase, the thing I find most surprising about the history of the Internet is the relative lack of age of websites such as Facebook and YouTube. Yes, it is very recent history, but when you think of the Internet now, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Netfilx, Wikipedia, Amazon not forgetting Google, all come straight to mind.
In fact I can barley imagine the Internet without a main search engine like Google. To think that is was just over a decade ago that these services, baring Netflix which began as a postal service in 1997 and Wikipedia in 2001, these services that currently define the Internet were no where to be seen.
Are these going to stay the top dogs? Or will these fade away as the likes of My Space and MSN did? Are the current companies that rule the internet too strong to ever step away from the top, or will new sites knock them off?
To get the ball rolling, I think that these sites/corporations are now more than just websites, and that it will be virtually impossible for them to loose the amount of control they now have over our lives. MySpace was and simply is just a website, but Google is so much more than just a website. How even would it loose it’s control? Let alone Facebook. YouTube and the rest of the website giants.
But on the flip side, would it be realistic to say that there will be no more big websites born before the end of time. Surely not?