Internet conquers the world

Why Internet became so ubiquitous technology and conquered the world? Which are the "killer" applications and ideas, which allowed this to happen? Who are the smartest guys, who got the inspiration and energy to create such applications?

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IRC, Jarkko Oikarinen, 1988

Archie, Alan Emtage, 1989

NCSA Mosaic, Eric Bina and Marc Andreessen, 1993

World Wide Web Wanderer, Matthew Gray, 1993

Yahoo, David Filo and Jerry Yang, 1994

Amazon, Jeff Bezos, 1994

eBay, Pierre Omidyar, 1995

Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, 1996

Napster, Shawn Fanning, 1999

BitTorrent, Bram Cohen, 2001

Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, 2001

Skype, Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, 2002

Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, 2003

Digg, Kevin Rose, 2004

YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, 2005

Twitter, Jack Dorsey, 2006

Blessed is he who has learned To admire but not envy, To follow but not imitate,
To praise but not flatter, And to lead but not manipulate!
William Arthur Ward