Happy 15th birthday to the World Wide Web!

Time flies, it does indeed. It seems like only yesterday I was learning my first HTML tags and how to get the most of them at my Geocities page, and printing pages upon pages about how to become a hacker, killing expensive inkjet printer at my college lab. That, of course, wasn’t 15 years ago – more like 10 – but it doesn’t stop my feelings for the web. From the first moment that we met, we spent so much time together. We learned a whole lot about each other… Now, I am sinking deep down to the romantic memories… Enough!

For those of you, who have only recently discovered what a beautiful place the Web is, take a look at this list of websites that changed the world. Of course, those a bunch of subjective choices, but still, it gives the idea of what is out there.

This month the web is 15 years old and in that short time it has revolutionised the way we live, from shopping to booking flights, writing blogs to listening to music. Here, the Observer’s Net specialist charts the web’s remarkable early life and we tell the story of the 15 most influential websites to date.

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