Rise and Fall of the World Wide Web(Words)

By on February 10, 2009

Since its birth on August 06 1991, the World Wide Web has spawned numerous words and concepts. Its 17 years of existence probably can be arbitrarily divided into two epochs; the first (circa 1991 to 2000) is broadly dominated by e-commerce and the current one (c. 2001 to present) by social networking. Here are some of the popularly used terms and concepts used in both epochs, so far:

Inventory of Web(Words)

1991 – 2000 2001 – present
Concepts dot-com
e-commerce
e-business
business-to-business (B2B)
business-to-consumer (B2C)
e-marketplace
B2B exchange
portal
vortal (vertical portal)
peer-to-peer
virtual community
virtual organization
intranet
extranet
disintermediation
digital economy
new economy
internet relay chat (IRC)
ICQ
instant messaging
information superhighway
infobahn
cyberspace
napterization
open source
killer app
mass customization
electronic cash (e-cash)
electronic data interchange (EDI)
electronic funds transfer (EFT)
electronic mall
web 2.0
enterprise 2.0
social networking
platform
crowdsourcing
blog
tag (metadata) / geotagging
microblog
semantic web
software-as-a-service
Ajax
outsourcing
location-based service
podcast
bittorrent
real-time streaming
modular
mashup
wiki
user-generated content
virtualization
cloud computing
social computing
grid computing
mobile internet
really simple syndication (RSS)
application programming
interfaces (APIs)
convergence
social media
social ads
perpetual beta
virtual world
massively multiplayer online
role-playing games (mmorpgs)
distributed computing
widget
Dominant Meme e-commerce social networking
Superstars Netscape, Yahoo!, Amazon.com, eBay, Geocities, Hotmail, AltaVista, Priceline, Enron, Webvan, AOL, CDNow, Paypal, Napster, Pets.com, eTrade, Hotbot, FreeMarkets, Excite Google, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, MySpace, Friendster, Digg, Wikipedia, Twitter, LinkedIn, Last.fm, Skype, Delicious, Friendfeed, Second Life

From Google News Archive, we can see the popularity of both ‘e-commerce’ and ‘social networking’ over the years.

Timeline for “E-Commerce”, 1991 to 2008

Timeline for “Social Networking”, 1991 to 2008






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