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From Lycos to Ask Jeeves to Facebook

by Bill Hayes

In From Lycos to Ask Jeeves to Facebook using graphics, the Washington Post tracks the 20 most popular web sites every year since 1996.

Our goal is not to confuse or alarm you, but we must, as agents of the news media, speak the truth. And so we say, with all due solemnity, that if it were 16 years ago, you would right now be reading this article at

That’s really one of the best case scenarios. You could also be at Infoseek, or Tripod (what) or Xoom (what?). Because the web in December 1998 was a much different, much lamer place. [more]