The birth of Wikipedia, the death of Napster, the iPhone, Facebook and Twitter have been named by the Webby Awards as among the top 10 Internet moments of the decade.
Other events singled out by New York’s International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, which bestows the annual Webby Awards, were Iran’s election protests, Craigslist’s expansion and the launch of Google AdWords.
The recurring theme among all of the milestones on the list is the Internet’s capacity to circumvent old systems and put more power into the hands of ordinary people.
The Webby Awards list of the 10 most influential Internet moments of the decade:
* Craigslist online classified site expands outside San Francisco (2000)
* The launch of Google AdWords (2000)
* The launch of online encyclopedia Wikipedia (2001)
* The shutdown of file-sharing site Napster (2001)
* Google’s initial public offering (2004)
* The online video revolution led by YouTube (2006)
* Facebook opens to non-college students and Twitter launches (2006)
* Apple’s iPhone debuts (2007)
* The use of the Internet in the US presidential campaign (2008)
* The use of Twitter during the Iranian election protests (2009)
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