Wikipedia hits the top ten
Looking at the top 10 confirms a point Eszter Hargittai at CT makes about the d danger of assuming that everyone has more or less the same way of using the Internet, with modest lags between early and late adopters of innovation. The list includes some Web 2.0 style entries (Orkut, YouTube and MySpace), a couple of Microsoft sites, three Asian portals and of course Google. Nothing too surprising to me there. But right at the top is Yahoo, a site I used to visit quite a bit in the mid-90s, but haven’t been to for ages.
Going back is a journey into the Cambrian Era of the Internet. There’s the same generic portal, and ancient survivors like Geocities. There’s even reminders of Yahoo’s original goal of manually cataloguing the Internet. What there isn’t, for me, is anything to distinguish this from a thousand other portals offering newsfeeds, email accounts and so on.
But obviously, Yahoo is doing something massively right, even if I can’t see it.