At the turn of the millennium, Yahoo! was the most visited site on the web. In Web 1.0 terms, Yahoo! was like Google and Facebook combined. So what happened?
In the 1990s, the internet was smaller, slower, and harder to search. If you wanted to learn basic facts about a topic, what would you do? You could get a physical encyclopedia. Thankfully, there was one more option.
What are pixels? The display on your screen is made of them, but are they real estate? In 2005, Alex Tew thought they were, and became a millionaire.
ICQ, short for the phrase "I Seek You," laid the groundwork for standalone instant messaging clients when it arrived in November 1996. Think about how long ago that was... Windows 95 was barely a year old, Nintendo had just introduced the N64, and those with a reason to have a cell phone actually used it to talk on.
It was a magical time, PC sales were just booming and if you were lucky, yours would come with a modem for dial-up Internet access. You would hear the scrambling sound of your phone line connecting you to the world. Launching Netscape and staring at the throbber animation while a single web page loaded.