Digital Game Changers of the Last 15 Years

When Common Sense Media was founded in 2003, we had no idea how big social media and mobile gaming would become. Now, just in time for our 15th anniversary, it's hard to imagine life without them. Billions of people use these 15 apps and websites every day, making them the biggest digital game changers of the past 15 years. We've come up with this list, but you voted and helped us decide on the best of the best, with YouTube topping the list. For more iconic media, check out these lists: Most Groundbreaking Video Games and Best TV Shows of the Last 15 Years.

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YouTube Website Poster Image
Vast video site entertains, educates; iffy stuff abounds.
URL: http://www.youtube.com/
(2011)
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Facebook Website Poster Image
Huge social site connects, serves ads; check settings.
URL: http://www.facebook.com
(2011)
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Khan Academy Website Poster Image
Excellent tutorials on math, humanities, and more, for free.
URL: http://www.khanacademy.org
(2013)
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Instagram App Poster Image
Great app makes sharing pretty, private photos all too easy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Windows Phone
(2012)
(2012)
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Snapchat App Poster Image
Send moments in photos, watch curated content; use wisely.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2011)
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Pokémon GO App Poster Image
Exciting, active game marred by privacy and safety issues.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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Angry Birds App Poster Image
Popular knock-down-blocks app pits birds against pigs.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
(2011)
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Candy Crush Saga App Poster Image
Addictive puzzle game is pushy with in-app purchases.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2013)
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WhatsApp Messenger App Poster Image
No text-overage worries, but teens are constantly connected.
Devices: iPhone, Mac, Android, Windows app
(2012)
(2013)
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Club Penguin Website Poster Image
This product is no longer available
Virtual world translates well to mobile; still growing.
URL: http://www.clubpenguin.com/
(2011)
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Twitter Website Poster Image
Fun social tool, but use the privacy controls.
URL: http://www.twitter.com
(2008)
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Webkinz Website Poster Image
Virtual world for real toys with many ads pushing more toys.
URL: http://www.webkinz.com
(2007)
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Toca Hair Salon App Poster Image
Easy, creative hairstyling for very young kids to tweens.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
(2013)
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Words With Friends App Poster Image
Superb Scrabble clone; open chat makes it for teens and up.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
(2010)
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Myspace Website Poster Image
Safer sequel to classic network spotlights music.
URL: https://myspace.com/
(2013)
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