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What Are The Seven Wonders of the Web?

As the Web heads towards its twentieth birthday, what are its most undisputed gems?

A few years ago, a British newspaper speculated on what might be the Web equivalent of the Seven Wonders of the World, and received suggestions that were hardly surprising: Google search, the Amazon.com e-tail portal, the eBay auction mechanism, etc. But that was back in 1991, before Facebook, Google Earth, and YouTube had even seen the light of day. So what sites or applications would be on today's list?

My own nominations would probably include The Wayback Machine - hosted by The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that's building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.

My list of Web Wonders would also, for sure, feature Wikipedia.

Now all I need to do is to figure out what other five to choose. Complete lists of seven or individual sites/apps welcome...all suggestions welcome!

 

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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yaphoo 01/01/09 10:11:05 PM EST

The 7 wwww worldwidewebwonder my own nominations would surely include the techniques that makes all this things possible
1) LINUX & OS movement opensource.org
2) JAVA et la ajax & web 2.0 java.sun.com
3) Apache which hosts 90% of the web apache.org
4) MySql with 3) makes it also possible mysql.org
5) MIT opencourseware ocw.mit.edu
6) Open Social networks like elgg.org
7) Social Virtualworlds opencroquet.org
for my pleasure i observed the web since the earlier beginning and i am glad that commercial companies like M$ overslept the birth of the web else i had to pay my last penny to write this comment ;-)
P.S Googol is just a mathematical number!! A known company with the same name but misspelled for their 45000 PC's without LINUX they couldn't even exist !!

peace upon you !
yaphoo