How long does the reign of an online empire last? Taking a retrospective view of the rise and fall of internet heavyweights such as AltaVista, AOL and MySpace, this infographic from CenturyLink shows that the median lifespan of an internet giant is approximately 11 years.

Following the cyclic logic, should we expect to see Facebook’s descent pretty soon? Has the social network only have three years of life left, or is this just a speculation?

The Rise and Fall of Online Empires