How the internet is changing: the tale from Pagerank 10 sites

The internet has changed in many ways over the last six years, broadening its international reach and with a far more diverse range of uses. That change is neatly illustrated by comparing the select list of sites that had a Google Pagerank* of 10 back in 2004 and those that do now.

Here’s the 2004 list:

US technology outfits
Adobe Acrobat 10
Apple Computers
Apple – QuickTime
Blogger Google
Google Search
Hewlett-Packard Development Company
Intel Corporation
Real Media

US bodies
National Science Foundation

World Wide Web Consortium

The fourteen sites on the list are dominated by technology and America. Now look at the current list of Pagerank 10 sites:

Adobe – Adobe Flash Player
Adobe – Adobe Reader Download
Google Search

Social networking
Social Bookmarking Sharing Button Widget


US bodies
The White House
United States Department of Health and Human Services
US Government website

Other countries
Group of Eight (coalition of Australian universities)
Miibeian (Chinese government site)
National Portal of India

World Wide Web Consortium

Of these thirteen sites, five are technology or social networking. Three other countries now feature and there is a broad spread of services: software, social networking, news and more.

Both lists courtesy of Search Engine Genie.

* Google’s Pagerank formula is what made it as a search engine company. Although Pagerank is now a less important part of how its search results are determined than in the early days, it is still the case that the more links and the higher the quality of them, the higher your Pagerank score. For more on how Pagerank works see this explanation over on Search Engine Land.

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