Top 10 of people created and perfected Internet

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Google , ICQ , YouTube , Facebook , e-gold , Wikipedia …. Everyone knows these words. Today Internet covers most spheres of our life. We can not imagine what our world would look like if there was not Internet… People created Internet and perfected it, who are they? Who are those heroes who have changed our world and our consciousness completely? Who will remain on the pages of the world history? Here are some facts regarding people whose significant work lets us use all the conveniences and achievements of the World Wide Web today.

The originator of the World Wide Web was Tim Berners-Lee, a famous British computer scientist. He implemented the first successful communication between an HTTP client and server through the Internet. He was the first in the world who invented a web-site. So he appeared to be a person who gave people from the whole world perfect way of communication. During he was working for CERN he created the first Web site that was first put online on August, 6, 1991. It provided an explanation about what the World Wide Web was how one could own a browser and how to set up a Web server. It was also the world's first Web directory, since Berners-Lee maintained a list of other Websites apart from his own. Now Berners-Lee is the head of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C ), which oversees the Web's continued development, the founder of the World Wide Web Foundation. He was ranked Joint First alongside Albert Hofmann in The Telegraph's list of 100 greatest living geniuses.

Google . For most of the Internet users it sounds like a synonym to the Web, and it’s not a surprise that for a great number of them has become a home page. This world wide search system was founded by Sergey Brin in co-operation with Larry Page during their study at Stanford University. Having combined their ideas, they filled their dormitory room with cheap computers and tested their new search engine designs on the web. Their project grew quickly enough and they implemented on the Stanford University website. And then in 1997 domain was registered. These two guys were together ranked #1 of the “50 Most Important People on the Web” by PC World Magazine.

The Facebook , is a popular, free-access social networking website, where users can join networks organized by city, workplace, school, and region to connect and interact with other people. People can also add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profile to notify friends about themselves. It was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004 while he was a student at Harvard University. Website membership was initially limited to Harvard students, but was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It later expanded further to include any university student, then high school students, and, finally, to anyone aged 13 and over. The website currently has more than 150 million active users worldwide.

YouTube is a video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. Three ex- PayPal employees, Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, created YouTube in February 2005. In November 2006, YouTube, LLC was bought by Google Inc. for US$1.65 billion, and is now operated as a subsidiary of Google.

Many small businesses in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, now operate as "digital currency exchangers", doing nothing other than buying and selling digital gold currency for national currencies which are not backed by hard assets. In 1996 Dr. Douglas Jackson founded a completely new system of the electronic currency, which allowed the instant transfer of gold ownership between users e-gold . Now the number of e-gold accounts (as claimed by e-gold) grew from 1 million in November 2003 to 3 million in 2006. As of July 2008, the company reports more than 5 million accounts.

LiveJournal (often abbreviated LJ) is a virtual community where the Internet users can keep a blog, journal or diary. LiveJournal was started in March 1999 by Brad Fitzpatrick as a way of keeping his high school friends updated on his activities. In January 2005, blogging software company Six Apart has purchased Danga Interactive, the company that operated LiveJournal, from Fitzpatrick.

eBay Inc. , an American Internet company, is an online auction and shopping website on which people and businesses buy and sell goods and services worldwide. It was founded as AuctionWeb in San Jose, California, on September 3, 1995, by French-born Iranian computer programmer Pierre Omidyar as part of a larger personal site that included, among other things, Omidyar's own tongue-in-cheek tribute to the Ebola virus.

Second Life (abbreviated as SL) is a virtual world developed by Linden Lab that launched on June 23, 2003 and is accessible through the Internet. A free client program called the Second Life Viewer enables its users, called Residents, to interact with each other through avatars. Linden Lab was founded in 1999 by Philip Rosedale. His initial focus was on the development of hardware that would enable computer users to be fully immersed in a three hundred and sixty degree virtual world experience.

Talking about Internet we cannot miss the most famous message system that connects people wherever they get Internet access ICQ . It was first established by five Israelis: Yair Goldfinger, Sefi Vigiser, Amnon Amir, Arik Vardi, and his father Yossi Vardi (the Israeli company Mirabilis, now owned by Time Warner's AOL subsidiary). They recognized that many people were online accessing the Internet through a non-UNIX operating system, and that there was no software that enabled an immediate connection between them. Today ICQ is used by over 31 million users worldwide.

And almost everyone knows the web encyclopedia where people from all the countries, speaking different languages are able to find all the kinds of information they are interested in. That is Wikipedia launched by Jimmy Donal "Jimbo" Wales an American Internet entrepreneur in 2001. Nowadays it contains 12 million articles and 2.7 million of them are in English). Jimmy Wales’ work with Wikipedia, which has become the world's largest encyclopedia, prompted Time magazine to name him in its 2006 list of the world's most influential people.

Those are the people who made the major contribution in the creation and development of the Internet. That’s why they undoubtedly pretend to be named the ‘heroes' of the World Wide Space. They let people from the whole world connect with each other easily, find all the sorts of information quickly, even sell and purchase, exchange currency, transfer money from one country to another just in seconds! Well, we can endlessly enumerate all the privileges we got owing to the Internet, which has appeared and developed only thanks to these guys. Together and separately they have changed our world completely as well as our consciousness. Moreover involving more and more gifted people in this process, they still continue development and improvement of World Wide Web for the shake of science and people all over. And today Internet, an unlimited source of information, connecting people from different parts of the world, and we can not imagine our life without it. Moreover its significance is still growing, every day, every hour…


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