The Internet has had a transformative effect on our daily lives over the past few decades, fundamentally changing the way we seek, share, and consume information. This report highlights three significant milestones in the Internet age: 25 years of Google, 23 years of musicainfo.net, and 22 years of Wikipedia. These platforms have revolutionized the way we access and use information and have become indispensable resources in our digital habitats.
25 years of Google (foundation: 1998)
On September 4, 1998, Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google. What began as a research project at Stanford University quickly became one of the most powerful search engines in the world. Google has transformed the world of the Internet in many ways. With an enormous search engine capacity, Google enabled users to search for and find information within seconds. Over the years, Google has expanded its offering to include a variety of services such as Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, and Android.
Google has not only changed the way we search for information, it has also revolutionized the advertising landscape. Google’s advertising model, based on contextual advertising and AdWords, has transformed digital marketing and turned it into a billion-dollar business.
23 years musicainfo.net (foundation: 2000)
On October 6, 2000, the musicainfo.net website was founded, and over the past 23 years it has become a significant resource for music lovers and conductors. This platform offers comprehensive information about composers, sheet music editions, sound carriers and own broadcast, by the way: the first Internet radio ever. musicainfo has enabled musicians to deepen their passion, discover new compositions and keep up to date with the latest developments in the music world. Unlike Google, musicainfo was conceived as a non-profit organization from 2001 and is still financed by its members, without advertising. The “Association for Music Information” was founded by Peter Gigl, Helmut Schwaiger, both Austrians, and the American Robbin Knapp (who, however, has also lived in Austria for years).
22 years of Wikipedia (foundation: 2001)
Wikipedia, the world’s largest online encyclopedia, was founded by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger on January 15, 2001. Wikipedia is based on the principle of collaborative editing, with thousands of volunteers around the world creating and editing articles. This platform has made it possible to share and expand knowledge in unprecedented ways. Wikipedia has become an indispensable source of information in almost all fields and has enabled democratic access to knowledge.
Wikipedia has not only redefined the concept of the encyclopedia, but also the way we do research and review information. Despite occasional challenges with content quality, Wikipedia has firmly established its place as an important knowledge resource.
The anniversaries of Google, musicainfo and Wikipedia are milestones that illustrate the evolution of the Internet and its impact on our world. These platforms have radically changed the way we search, share and consume information and have become cornerstones of our digital society. While Google has optimized information search, Wikipedia has transformed our concept of knowledge, and musicainfo.net has enriched the world of music lovers and creators. These anniversaries are opportunities to celebrate the groundbreaking work and impact of these platforms and to look forward to the future of the Internet and its continued innovations.