Here's a terrific piece by Harry McCracken over at Technologizer asking "Whatever Happened to the Top 15 Web Properties of April, 1999?" McCracken goes through the hottest web properties of April 1999 and asks, "How many of 1999's Web giants remain gigantic today -- assuming they still exist at all?" Instead of reproducing his entire list here, I'll just encourage you to go over to Technologizer and check it out for yourself, especially because McCracken also compares the old list to today's top 15 Web properties. Anyway, here's the key takeaway from his piece:
to summarize, four of April 1999's top Web properties remain in the top fifteen (plus AltaVista, Excite, and GeoCities, which are extant and part of top-10 properties). Four more are in the top 50, or are part of properties that are. Two exist but have fallen out of the top 50. And two (Xoom and Snap) no longer exist. Bottom line: If you were one of the Web's biggest properties a decade ago, chances are high that you remain in business in some form in 2009... but you probably aren't still a giant.