Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Top 10 List Shows 1998 a Good Year for Web Sites

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Top 10 List Shows 1998 a Good Year for Web Sites

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ATLANTA -- As David Letterman proves nightly, everyone loves a top 10 list. At the end of the year, people love top 10 lists even more. For the Web, 1998 was quite a year. For what it's worth, here's my personal top 10 Web sites of 1998.

1. Yahoo (http://www.yahoo.com): Still the most popular site on the Web, what was once just a list of cool links has morphed into a multimedia empire. Only America Online rivals it in size and scope. From search to shopping to news, stocks and chat, Yahoo is a force to be reckoned with for everyone doing business on the Web.

2. The Drudge Report (http://www.drudgereport.com): Last year, Matt Drudge was just a punk kid from L.A. dishing the dirt from his cramped Sunset Boulevard apartment. But that was before he got wind of Newsweek's story about Monica Lewinsky and the rest, as they say, is history. Now Drudge is a daily must-read for news organizations everywhere and the fedora-wearing newshound is pontificating on his brand of populist journalism at places like Harvard and the National Press Club. In a year filled with breaking news, Drudge helped make the Web a major player. 3. Salon Magazine (http://www.salonmagazine.com): The literary e- zine was already a cult favorite before the relentless attacks on the Ken Starr investigation and its Henry Hyde expose. The publicity moved Salon into the limelight where it stays with a strong mix of news and commentary. It also introduced a voluntary and novel membership plan as an alternative revenue stream. 4. CNN Interactive, MSNBC, ABCNews.com: Constant updates, personalization features and the ability to "stop the presses" to make way for breaking news made these the big three of online news. The rapid response of the net to breaking news such as the Starr Report or midterm elections proved the Web is one of the best places to get a quick news fix almost the second it happens. 5. Amazon (http://www.amazon.com): Unless your modem has been unplugged for the last year, chances are pretty good you've ordered a book from Amazon.com or know somebody who has. When a friend remarked he just `amazoned' a book, and everyone knew what he meant, it was clear Amazon has become a bookseller and a brand to be reckoned with. …

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