The 20 Most Popular Websites from 1996 to 2013

The image above is a slection from a fascinating chart in the Washington Post. You can see a history of the English language web as sites rise, fall, and disappear from 1996 to 2013. the linkages track the placement of some long-lived websites as they struggle to rise in the rankings and earn money. There are many from the early years that I've never heard of at all. Grab? Uproar? Somehow I missed those.

Notably absent from the chart is Neatorama, but we're working on that.

-via Geekologie


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I should check into their methodology. For example, for years HappyPuppy.com had more web traffic than anyone, but it was mostly used for downloading games. As well, sites like The Pirate Bay drive a lot of traffic, but on other protocols and from other servers.
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