SF GATE: In just a short span of two decades, the Internet has changed the way we live and how we go about carrying out our business. In the early '90s, the Web started as a read-only place where people could just browse and get widely scattered information. One example is the early version of Yahoo, which used to be a directory of various links on the Internet.
After the dot-com bust in 2000, the Web went through a serious transformation when a few Internet companies were able to establish successful business models around their offerings. For example, Google incorporated a simple, keyword-based advertising model for its search engine, eBay pioneered online auctions and Amazon became the successful online department store.[read more]