Happy Birthday Websites Everywhere: 15th Birthday for the First Webpage

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Web developers, marketers and site owners around the world celebrate 15 years of online success.

The first websites launched 15 years ago on January 2 and a multi-billion dollar industry was born.

As web development firms, website marketing firms, and website owners around the world continue to rake in billions of dollars per year from the explosion in use of the Internet a reflection of the past 15 years shows extraordinary changes.

The first websites were in Times New Roman format on white backgrounds, now websites come in Macromedia Flash animation, thousands of colors, countless fonts and topics that are as diverse as the hundreds of millions of people who access the world wide web daily.

Community building was one of the driving forces behind the Internet and a true global community has been born. The world has changed over the past 15 years and the Internet both ushered in those changes and helped the world watch them.

David Casey, vice-president of New York based SetSitesHigh reflects on the past 15 years, "the Internet has changed the world forever and brought with it both good and bad."

"People around the world found a shoulder to lean on or a virtual ear to bend with the advent of chat rooms and e-mail accounts," Casey explains. "The gay and lesbian community found a voice and has become more accepted by the mainstream population in many countries," he offers as an example.

"Teens around the world learned to share their feelings, their thoughts and later their music, artwork and stories," Casey explains.

Over the past 15 years Internet behemoths were born, died and were reborn. Yahoo! and AOL were the main players in the 90s and now Google has stolen the spotlight. Ebay has become the world's largest trading post and free e-mail accounts that started with Hotmail are now the norm and Skype has shown that telephone calls may be a thing of the past as the Internet becomes the vehicle of choice for all forms of communication -- written, oral and video.

Ecommerce has changed the way we do business with retailers large and small flocking to the Internet to create a web presence to cash in on the continuously exploding online business phenomenon.

"If they're online they want to increase their exposure. If they are not online yet they better get online fast," Casey explains when asked about business and ecommerce.

After only 15 years, every business is expected to have a website and many potential customers will judge a business based on its website.

Websites are no longer for only the big players in business -- every business needs a web presence in order to compete in a truly global marketplace.

In fifteen short years the birth of the first website has changed the world including how we communicate (e.g. AOL, Skype, Hotmail), how we do business (e.g. Ecommerce, Online Banking), how we date (e.g. Match.Com, Gay.Com, EHarmony) and how we relate with one another.

As websites continue in their formative years and mature, website development firms and online marketing firms continue to hone their skills in order to improve the Internet and cash in on its enormous success.

Happy Birthday to the billion webpages across the Internet and here's to a billion more!

David Casey

SetSitesHigh

718-223-1894

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