Captain Gizmo

In this data visualization video I look at the most popular websites based on monthly visits, the industry standard when comparing websites. It does not take into account page views nor unique visitors. Some of the data includes approximate numbers as the data available skipped years. I also include screenshots of certain sites from the list as they looked during that particular year.

The websites in the thumbnails include: 

1993 Apple First Apple website

1994 Amazon Featured book search and shopping cart

1995 WebCrawler Most popular search engine in the mid 90s

1996 Excite Purchased WebCrawler after it’s IPO that year

1997 BBC Official launch followed by rebranding to BBCi

1998 Google Official launch

1999 AOL AOL Desktop kept users on AOL properties

2000 Apple Steve Jobs regains leadership as CEO

2001 eBay Had largest userbase of any e-commerce site

2002 Walmart First version of the site had launched a year earlier

2003 MSN MSN Explorer displaying MSN page

2004 Yahoo Search and landing page

2005 MySpace Acquired by News Corp. in July for $580M

2006 MySpace Allowed custom backgrounds and colors

2007 YouTube Used as much bandwidth as entire internet in 2000

2008 Facebook Introduced new design plus messenger

2009 Ask Jeeves returns to the site

2010 Baidu Becomes top search engine in China

2011 Amazon Became the largest source of consumer reviews

2012 Amazon Redesign and simplifying shopping experience

2013 MySpace The horizontal redesign failed to captivate users

2014 Instagram Started monetizing with video ads

2015 VK Top social media site in Russia

2016 Twitter The “verified” blue check-mark was unveiled

2017 Wikipedia

2018 Walmart Acquired Indian company Flipkart in August

2019-2020 Facebook Redesign plus a new “care” reaction emoji