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What's next on the Web technology?

Updated on January 28, 2016

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The history of the Web & the Influence

Part of human evolution is the growth of the internet, as well as the way of the information is available on the web.

As a result of the several researches, made by thousands of developers through the years around the world, evolved that the Web is one of the largest mediums for information and more. This is an achievement as, through the Web, we succeed the interconnection of millions of users/ computers around the world under a specific communication protocol and applied regulations.

However, as in the case of other major achievements, conflicting point of views on how people handle this medium (as a regular user, a company, an organization, a government or other), and how it affects our daily lives have been arised.

Additionally, with the arrival of the well known WEB 2.0, the new generation of the Web, the people gained more opportunities to share information, collaborate online, interact with other users, and the information itself (wiki, blogs, tagging, hashtags and more)!

The WEB 2.0 is here to make things easier for the user regarding all the above activities on the Web and also introducing new mediums and ways of social networking (social media) and upgrading the use and promotion of the information through mobile devices (mobile web).

The chart below delineates the history of the web, choosing some of the tools that have been consolidated on the web or experienced the wide acceptance of the public.

Internet Timeline Graph

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Internet Timeline Table

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Year  
   
1965
Mail
1994
Yahoo
1996
Booking.com
1997
Yandex (Russian Biggest Search Engine)
1998
Google
2001
Wikipedia
2003
LinkedIn
2003
Blogger
2003
MySpace
2003
Wordpress
2003
Facebook
2004
Flickr
2005
Youtube
2006
Twitter
2006
VK (russian biggest social network)
2007
Iphone (first iPhone released)
2007
Tumblr
2008
Android (first mobile phone released)
2009
Foursquare
2010
Instagram
2010
Pinterest
2013 - 2014
New gTLDs Domain Names
Referral: Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org)

The Economic Boom (Google, Facebook)

Along with the technological evolution a strong economic boom of the companies who have mastered their presence on the web had been observed.

Τhe graph below captures some indicative figures reflecting the economic development of these companies (Google, Facebook) and also a comparison with the financials of entire nations.

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The most Expensive Acquisitions

The above companies, like many other, during their attempt to expand their dominance on the web, made large and expensive acquisitions, sometimes with a purely investment character and sometimes with competitive criteria.

Result of all these efforts is the evolution of their services in order to meet the requirements and the needs of users of the Web.

Google, Facebook Acquisitions

Acquisition
Cost
Year
Google bought YouTube
$1.65 Billion
2006
Google bought Motorola Mobility
$12.5 Billion
2011
Facebook bought "facebook.com" domain name (name change from Thefacebook.com)
$200,000
2005
Facebook bought Instagram
$1 Billion
2012
Referrals:
Wikipedia
Mashable.com

Search, Social, Mobile, what's next?

Starting from the era of Search Engines (1994-2000) continuing in the three years period of 2003-2006, which could be defined as the era of Social Media, was followed by the time of Mobile Web (2006 to present) ending up in a promising era of many changes, the era of New gTLDs Domain Names.

What the new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) are?

© 2013 Nasos Kouzelis

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