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'08 in review: How the Web has woven its way into our lives

The top 10 online events during the past year are open to debate. But whatever list you settle on would result in the same conclusion: The Internet has quickly grown into a boisterous behemoth, able to amuse us with some mindless video on the one hand and build a presidential victory with the other.

Here's my countdown of the year's top 10, backward, just like how they do it when the ball drops on Times Square tomorrow night.

10. Viral is catching: No one can be certain what makes something on the Internet a "viral" hit, but as Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously said of pornography, you know it when you see it. One of the most-viewed viral advertising hits...