Originally Posted by REWahoo
Dory36 creates FIRECalc and launches Early-Retirement.org (2002)
I can't believe they forgot that from their list!
One important metric is the number of users online. Most of the other events would not be possible without "tipping points" being reached with total online users, rapid highspeed internet adoption, lower PC costs, etc.
This list seems to skew towards the founding dates of the juggernauts of the internet ecosystem. Although those dates do define the landscape today it took many other companies to help evolve things so their models would be adopted and thrive.
Friendster was the first big success in social media but people were still cared to connect and share data on the internet. MySpace helped foster mass acceptance of social media and user generated content. Without those setting the stage facebook would not have been able to flourish IMO. None of the above could be accomplished without critical mass of people online. Cheap computers and affordable highspeed internet were required to get the population online.
I don't think Napster shutting down should be on the list. People can steal music just as easily today with hundreds of other tools.
I also don't think the Iranian election protests should be on the list.