In the last two decades, the Internet has seen the rise and fall of many web companies. Numerous Internet‑based companies revolutionized business by connecting with consumers from all over the world through the Internet. There are many successful companies that have created financial fortunes through online sales, online searches accompanied by paid advertising, fees on online financial transactions, online advertising, social media and fees on online services. Google is probably among the best known and the highest-performing stocks in the recent years, but there are also many other companies that continue to perform well in the long run. Take a look at the most powerful web companies in the world today!
Amazon is one of the most popular American electronic commerce and cloud computing companies in the world. Amazon is the world’s largest Internet-based retailer by total sales and market capitalization. Founded in 1994 by Jeff Bezos, started as an online bookstore, but eventually Amazon has managed to change the way Americans shop. Today, you can buy almost anything on Amazon, from cosmetics, electronics, kitchen utensils to clothes and shoes.
Founded in 1995 by Pierre Omidyar, eBay is an American e-commerce company that manages an online auction and shopping website where businesses and individuals can buy and sell their goods and services worldwide. eBay was one of the most notable success stories of the dot-com bubble and today it is a multi-billion-dollar business with operations localized in over 30 countries around the world. The website is free to use for buyers, but sellers are charged fees for listing and selling items.
Yahoo is an American multinational technology company that was founded in 1994 by David Filo and Jerry Yang. The company is globally known for its web portal, search engine Yahoo! Search and its related services including Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Directory, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Answers and Yahoo! Groups. Although the company is lagging behind Google in revenue, Yahoo is still considered to be the highest-read news and media website in the world, with over seven billion views per month.
Alibaba is a Chinese e-commerce company that provides business-to-business, consumer-to-consumer, and business-to-consumer sales services through web portals. Alibaba also provides a shopping search engine, electronic payment services, and data-centric cloud computing services. The website was founded in 1999 by Jack Ma, who wanted to connect Chinese manufacturers with buyers from all over the world. Today, Alibaba is the world’s largest online business-to-business trading platform for small businesses.
Google may be the world leader in online search, but Baidu is the number one search engine in China. Founded in 2000 by Robin Li and Eric Xu, Baidu a Chinese web services company that offer an online encyclopedia, news, videos, Internet TV, movies, and anti-virus software. Baidu is undoubtedly one of the most powerful Chinese companies and also hosts a popular music service, called Baidu Music that has more than 150 million active users per month.
Facebook is the most popular social networking site in the world. Launched in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg and his fellow Havard College students and roommates, Facebook had initially limited the website’s membership to Harvard students.
However, since 2006, anyone older than 13 has been allowed to become a registered user of Facebook. With 1.11 billion users, Facebook is undoubtedly the largest social network and the most powerful web company on the planet. The company today makes money from advertising to its users based on things they like and share. The company also owns Instagram, one of the most popular image-based social sharing sites.
Google is one of the greatest Internet business success stories. Google is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services that include search, online advertising technologies, software, and cloud computing. Founded in 1998, by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google has become so ubiquitous that its name has made its way into everyday language. You don’t have to search the web for information today – if you want to find out something, you can google it. The immense popularity of Google has led its fans calling themselves “Googlists” as they follow “Googlism”, the new religion.