12 Ways Porn Has Changed The Web

Whether you’re an avid porn fan or you’ve only ever visited an adult entertainment site “accidentally,” you know the sex industry has had a huge impact on the World Wide Web. At the forefront of many of the Internet’s innovations, porn is “an ecosystem in which participants are willing — indeed forced — to experiment, and where experimentation isn’t hobbled by common sense, good taste, or bureaucracy,” says Bruce Arnold of Caslon Analytics, a research and analysis firm that specializes in regulatory issues, demographics, social trends, and technologies. After the jump, the not-entirely-dirty dozen ways porn has shaped the Internet.
1. Online Payment Systems

2. Spam

3. Streaming Content

4. Malware

5. Live Chat

6. Pop-Ups, Pop-Unders, Mousetrapping

7. Broadband

8. Browser Hijacking

9. Traffic optimization

10. Domain-Name Hijacking

11. 3G Mobile Services

12. Paris Hilton

So, thanks, porn, for live chat, online payment options, broadband, and 3G mobile services. Although, we could have done without spam, pop-ups, and Paris. [PCWorld]

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