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Bill Mc Coy
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here are the list of companies i believe revolutianised the way we use internet

1.google.com--without this we would in all probability never had been able to browse internet or do searches
2.hotmail.com--the first shaker to provide free e-mail facility.and IM
3.kazaa--the first to provide file-swapping facility on internet
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Vikrant Pandit
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How about Sun ? One of the greatest and original contributors..
The impact might not be directly visible, but nobody can deny it


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David O'Meara
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I'd say napster rather than kazaa, but same effect.

Amazon - proved companies can make money on the net
Ebay - online garage sale and enabler of thousands of new small businesses
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Joe Ess
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Originally posted by dan dunst:

1.google.com--without this we would in all probability never had been able to browse internet or do searches


Hi and welcome to the Internet!
Google improved the way pages are ranked in a search engine. Their algorithm is very successful in determining the most useful links for a particular search.
Yahoo and AltaVista, for two examples, beat them to market by years. Yahoo was created as a hierarchical, searchable web directory. AltaVista, if I remember correctly, was the first successful web crawler-driven search engine.


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Bill Mc Coy
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JOE ESS says
Yahoo and AltaVista, for two examples, beat them to market by years. Yahoo was created as a hierarchical, searchable web directory. AltaVista, if I remember correctly, was the first successful web crawler-driven search engine.

yahoo never had its own search engine until 2004. till then it used google to provide results.

and also the first popular search engine was LYCOS which started way back in 1994,much before yahoo and altavista were born!!!
anyway most users prefer google to other search engines
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Jim Yingst
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[dan dunst]: yahoo never had its own search engine until 2004. till then it used google to provide results.

And yet somehow yahoo was providing results to people for years before google existed. Presumably when google came along it offered better results - but that doesn't mean yahoo didn't have some sort of search technology of their own, at least for finding sites within their hierarchy.


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I used Yahoo for searching the web way back in the late 90s. Back then they did not use Google. Google was not around back then.

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Rajan Chinna
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How about Wikipedia?
Mani Ram
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Originally posted by Thiru CM:
How about Wikipedia?


I was about to post that when I first saw this thread, but then realized that the subject of this thread is asking about the 'companies' and wikipedia is not a company!


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Mani Ram
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Originally posted by Joe Ess:

AltaVista, if I remember correctly, was the first successful web crawler-driven search engine.

You are right. In the pre-google era, I was using AltaVista to search for technology related things and AskJeeves to search for personal things. I felt it always worked better that way.
A search for Java would point me to Sun's site in AltaVista where as AskJeeves would display it in 10th place preceded by the links to 'tourism in an Indonesian island', links to 'how to blend coffee' and links to a 'popular cage-bird'
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flickr,
bit-torrent,
craigslist,
youTube,
my space...

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Mani Ram
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Which was the first company to host porn on the net? That would be sitting at top of this list.
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Mapquest
Travelocity
Orbitz
Sourceforge
Apache
c!Net

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In 1994, my personal home page at Sandia was listed as one of PC Magazine's "Top 500 Web Sites". I love telling this story because a lot of you youngun's won't remember that in 1994, there weren't a whole lot more than 500 web sites out there As has already been pointed out, the #1 "Web Index" (didn't call them portals or search engines back then) was Yahoo, and, as has been pointed out already, human beings had to submit, categorize, and approve every link in Yahoo. I would imagine this took a staff of, oh, I don't know, one person, working half time.

Anyway, it was under the "Science" category in PC Magazine and on Yahoo, because I had some crazy interactive chemistry experiments I put together. There was a picture of a molecule that you could rotate by clicking on the page! This was pre plug-in, of course. How did it work? It was an image map that posted back to a CGI script that ran a graphics program called Rasmol on the back end, computed a rotation, made a screen shot, saved it to a file and returned it from the CGI. Ah, those were the days. This actually worked because no one seemed to have implemented a browser cache yet...

You could also run quantum chemistry calculations on my Irix Indigo II workstation by filling out a form. Computing a potential energy surface for the water molecule. Whoopeee!

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Let's not forget AOL's effect on millions of new internet users...



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Oh yes, AOL. Sad but true.

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www.ebaumsworld.com

Where else would we waste our day playing those addictive Flash games.

I think this is really the one and only true "company" that truly revolutionized the net in one post.

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