Jul 21

Brady Forrest

Brady Forrest

Subway Stations of the Internet


This is the top left corner of Web Trend Map 2007 Version 2. It's based on the Japanese subway system. The creators are Information Architects, a Japan-based design agency.

community line

They took the top 200 tech (definitely tech) sites and placed them along subway lines. The lines are used to group together similar services. For example along the blue Community line there's Facebook, Xing (think European Linkedin), Vox and LinkedIn. Each one also has a weather forecast and an incremental web number. The more suns and less clouds represent a positive prediction about a site's future.

I had to smile at the fun the Information Architects had. Here is some of the Tokyo symbolism that they put into the map:

  1. Google has moved from Shibuya, a humming place for young people, to Shinjuku, a suspicious, messy, Yakuza-controlled, but still a pretty cool place to hang out (Golden Gaya).
  2. Youtube has conquered Shibuya.
  3. Microsoft has moved to Ikebukuro, if you know what I mean.
  4. Yahoo is in Ueno, a nice place but nothing going on there.


I think that I'll be playing with the clickable startup page; I've already found several sites that I was not aware of.

[via Valleywag]

tags: emerging tech, geo, web 2.0  | comments: 1   | Sphere It

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  robert [08.09.07 02:53 AM]

other map based on the websites world classification carried out by Alexa and ComScore. The websites traffic is correlated with the surface of the countries:

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