Ranking of the most popular resources in the world from 1993 to 2022


Blogger James Eagle presented an interesting visualization of the most popular sites in the world in different years, writes vc.ru. He analyzed data from open sources, used the services of the Internet Archive, SEMRush, Statista, Google Analytics, as well as corporate reports, and as a result created a ranking of the most visited resources in the period from 1993 to 2022.

There were three clear leaders during this period: from 1993 to 2000, America Online (AOL) ranked first with various online services, overtaking Yahoo and leading the way from 2000 to 2006, and then it was time for Google to hold the bar. popularity to date.

It is interesting to trace at what time the resource appeared in the ranking and which sites were actively visited by users 10 or 20 years ago:

  • In April 1993, Prodigy was in second place, and for 10 years, from 1997 to 2007, users were very active in MSN, a large web portal created by Microsoft.
  • In the 90’s there were many different popular search engines, including Lycos, Infoseek, WebCrawler and Excite.
  • In 1997, the BBC website first appeared in the top, and in 1998 – Amazon. Google appeared in the rankings in 2001, and the social network Myspace attracted people in 2005.
  • YouTube has been actively gaining popularity since 2007, in 2008 Yandex appeared in the rankings, in 2012 – another resource from Russia, the social network VKontakte.
  • For many sites, being in the top was a temporary phenomenon, but, for example, Wikipedia disappeared and returned to the list of most visited resources.

Most Popular Websites Since 1993

Source: James Eagle

Since 2019, the list of leaders has not changed, only the number of visits differs. And in January 2022, Google has 89+ billion events, followed by another service of the company – YouTube video hosting with 34+ billion visits, and in third place is the social network Facebook – more than 22 billion events (the social network belongs to Meta, which is recognized as extremist in Russia and is prohibited).

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