Saturday, January 9, 2010

Looking back at the Web in 2009

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 Welcome to 2010. We're already a week into what's turning out to be an exciting new year for the Web. But it's worth taking a look at all the things that happened last year to get a sense of where we're going in the months to come.     2009 was, in many ways, a big year for social networks. Facebook and Twitter continued to change how information on the Web is shared, and where it's shared from. The two also ballooned with users, Facebook especially, which started out the year with 150 million users, and finished up with 350 million.
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January 9, 2010
2009: The year of the social network

Welcome to 2010. We're already a week into what's turning out to be an exciting new year for the Web. But it's worth taking a look at all the things that happened last year to get a sense of where we're going in the months to come.

2009 was, in many ways, a big year for social networks. Facebook and Twitter continued to change how information on the Web is shared, and where it's shared from. The two also ballooned with users, Facebook especially, which started out the year with 150 million users, and finished up with 350 million.


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