The 2000s was a decade that began on January 1, 2000 and ended on December 31, 2009. It was the first decade of both the 21st century and the 3rd millennium, both of which began onJanuary 1, 2001.
Globalization, which had intensified in the post-Cold War 1990s, continued to influence the world in the 2000s. The growth of the Internet was one of the prime contributors toglobalization during the decade, making it possible for people to interact with other people, express ideas, introduce others to different cultures and backgrounds, use goods and services, sell and buy online,research and learn about anything, along with experiencing the whole world without having to leave home
In the 2000s, the Internet became a mainstay, strengthening its grip on Western society whilebecoming increasingly available in the developing world.
Main article: Timeline of computing 2000–2009
Google becomes the Internet's most visited website.
A huge jump in broadband internetusage globally – for example, from 6% of U.S. internet users in June 2000 to what one mid-decade study predicted would be 62% by 2010. By February 2007, over 80% of U.S. Internet users wereconnected via broadband and broadband internet has been almost a required standard for quality internet browsing.
Wireless internet became prominent by the end of the decade, as well asinternet access in devices besides computers, such as mobile phones and gaming consoles.
Email became a standard form of interpersonal written communication, with popular addresses available to thepublic on Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo! Mail.
Normalisation became increasingly important as massive standardized corpora and lexicons of spoken and written language became widely available to laypeople,just as documents from the paperless office were archived and retrieved with increasing efficiency using XML-based markup.
Folksonomy was promoted as an alternative to pyramidal taxonomy....
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