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And the top Web moment is ...

CNN.com users tell us what they think

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At 15 years old, the World Wide Web has had an impressive life.

QUICKVOTE

Which of the following is the most significant in the World Wide Web's history?
WiFi hotspots
Webcams and photo sharing
Skype
Live 8 on AOL
Napster shuts down
Monica Lewinsky scandal
9/11, and the rise of citizen journalism
Dotcom boom/bust
Hotmail
Google
or View Results

SPECIAL REPORT

SPARK

ON CNNI TV

YOUR SAY

YOUR E-MAIL ALERTS

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Technology (general)

(CNN) -- Since CNN.com launched its poll to find the most significant development of the World Wide Web in the past 15 years, readers have been quick to point out their own views.

Here are some of the emails we have received. (Full story). E-mail spark@cnn.com if you have a comment about the Web or think the top "Web moment" is missing from our list.

I think Google's success came about from their acquisition of Deja in the late '90s. Had any other search engine (i.e. Yahoo or Lycos) acquired Deja, then they would be at the top. Deja archived newsgroup information in a searchable format, and no one else has or does, as far as I am aware. This was a dependable reservoir of people's feelings, experiences, knowledge and expertise. IT people relied on it for answers to technical questions. Consumers relied on it for the latest advice and trends. Others relied on it for the latest gossip. Google acquired an archive dating back to the launch of the Internet. It was a good move on Google's part, but they did take some time in setting up the format to their liking. I remember being rather irate about their foot-dragging. It seems funny that no other search engine does newsgroup archiving. Larry

You missed the most obvious one. Al Gore claiming that he started it! I think that was about the time most Americans realized they themselves were a more important key to the Internet's success than anything Al Gore dreamed he did or could ever do. Robert Raynor

I realize the article was about top moments of the Web, but I don't necessary consider the World Wide Web as the whole Internet. I believe in the difference between TCP/IP and HTTP. There's been other monumental moments in history involving electronic communication. For example, IRC (Internet Relay Chat) in a chatroom people were relaying information about Operation Desert Storm. I could think of many other important applications/devices in the history of electronic communication that were life changing way before some of those items listed in the story, and even iTunes, as mentioned by Steven Wilson. To name a few: Lynx, Usenet, and Gopher. Christine Giglio

Beside Google's ability to process search requests in a natural language-like manner, I found its feature to search within search results fantastic. The feature last mentioned was something that existed in the search engine Infoseek in the days before Google was born. Felix Violenes

Monica Lewinsky scandal? What about Bill Clinton? I thought he had something to do with that. Like impeachment?
Tom, Florida

This article contains a section entitled "Spark's top 10 Web moments." I'm sorry that you could not come up with a full 10 moments. Google is not a moment. Hotmail is not a moment.
Jonathan K, Phoenix, AZ

I read your article with interest having been on the Internet since the beginning, but I disagree with your top 10. If you wish to poll what people think are the life-changing events that were a direct result of the Internet, you have to include e-mail, EBay, Amazon, etc. in the options we can vote for. Personally, I think e-mail changed our lives the most. I can't work without e-mail now. I take it with me when I travel and even when I leave the office. Putting items like Monica Lewinsky instead of one of the above items is a shame. Let us vote on credible items, not ridiculous ones.
Larry Romero

The Internet was born out of DARPANET in 1983 when it switched to the TCP/IP protocol and an open network infrastructure. HTTP was only being designed in 1991 and the first implementation (which failed) came out in 1992. "WWW" wasn't fully adopted until 1994 with the MOSAIC/Netscape 1.0 release. Before that, the "Internet" consisted mainly of BBS and file sharing (ftp came out in the 70s) Queen Elizabeth II sent the first "royal" e-mail in March of 1976. Nothing new in that category... In 1988, IRC (Internet Relay Chat) (Still heavily used, the alternative to bubble-gum pop AOL IM and others) was already in wide use. I could really go on and on. I can count on my hands and toes the number of institutions that had access to Web browsers (not really, text only...could do the same with other programs) in even 1993. 1994 is when the true birth of the WWW occurred with browsers and servers that supported graphics, etc. There were only 50K web pages in 1995. Count them today, if you can....
Calvin Tait

You missed one of the most obvious things. The iTunes Music Store, which has revolutionized how music is purchased, and played. iTMS now outsells most national retail music stores, and is one of the top 10 sellers of music. What other industry can say this about their online sales, or claim the market share that iTMS has? None! This is also directly related to the iPod, since music on the world's most popular portable music player ever has to be downloaded via the Internet. How this could have even been remotely overlooked is beyond me. I didn't vote in your little poll, because the correct choice wasn't there.
Steven Wilson

Spark's top 10 Web moments

These are Spark's picks as the top 10 moments in the World Wide Web's short but impressive life. Vote for the one you think is the most significant:

10. WiFi hotspots -- wireless Internet connectivity appears in airports, hotels and even McDonald's.

9. Webcams and photo sharing -- communication becomes visual, and inboxes fill with baby photos.

8. Skype -- telephony turns upside down with free long-distance calls, Ebay snaps it up in September 2005 for $2.6 billion.

7. Live 8 on AOL -- five million people watch poverty awareness concerts online in July 2005, setting a new Net record.

6. Napster goes offline -- Regulators close the pioneering music swap site in July 2001 and file-sharing goes offshore.

5. Lewinsky scandal -- Matt Drudge breaks the Clinton/Lewinsky sex scandal in 1998. The blog is born.

4. Tsunami and 9/11 -- two tragic events set the Web alight with opinion and amateur video.

3. Boom and bust -- trillions of dollars were made and lost as the dotcom bubble ballooned and burst between 1995 and 2001.

2. Hotmail -- went from having zero users in 1995 to 30 million subscribers 30 months later. It now has 215 million users.

1. Google -- redefined search. Invented a new advertising model and commands a vast business empire.

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