Top 10 Internet Companiesby A. Low
The success of an Internet company can be measured in a few different ways. The most common method is to rank by profit, which makes Amazon.com and Google the top Internet companies as of 2010, according to the Fortune 500 list. However, if measured by popularity (page views, unique users, and reach) the top companies include Facebook.com and Youtube.com.
Amazon.com ranks #100 on the Fortune 500 list of most profitable companies in all industries. Amazon.com is a Seattle, Washington-based e-commerce website founded in 1995 as primarily a bookseller. Today, it sells just about anything you can imagine--jewelry, movies, car parts, music, clothing, pet supplies and even food. Amazon.com now operates worldwide in countries including the U.K., Germany, France, Japan, Canada and China.
Google began as a search engine in the 90s, but its modern enterprise is so much more. With Google's applications, you can translate foreign websites, look up videos and pictures, find news headlines, filter types of websites for research, and see any corner of the world from satellite on "Google Earth."
Facebook is a young site, founded in the early 2000s by a college student, Mark Zuckerberg. It is a social networking site that allows users to display personal information, upload photos, play games and communicate with friends and family.
Youtube is another young website. It was founded in 2005 and has exploded since its creation, featuring millions of user-created videos. It also serves as a forum for performing artists--many previously unknown singers, actors and comedians got their breaks on Youtube.
Yahoo, like Google, began as a search engine in the mid-90s and developed into a media, e-commerce and communications network. Yahoo is especially unique to the list because it fell in both the categories of most profitable and most popular. Yahoo currently has headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA and offices in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia, Canada and the United States.
Five Other Notable Companies
Liberty Media, eBay.com, Live.com, Wikipedia.org and Msn.com are the following top five websites based on revenue and popularity. Liberty Media is #227 on the Fortune 500 list, and eBay isn't far behind at #267. Live.com, Wikipedia.com, and Msn.com are numbers 4, 5, and 6 respectively on Google's list of most visited websites, each website having around 300 million unique users as of June 2010.
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