In this neatly color-coded and detailed graphic, Information Architects Japan has located the top 200 Web sites worldwide—including everything from Google to Wikipedia to BoingBoing to Fake Steve Jobs—and mapped them to match the Tokyo subway system. Each train line is color-coded by genre, and the "forecast" shows potential for growth and success based on their research. The digits on the bottom right signify whether they're Web 1.0, 2.0, or 3.0. I could sit here and analyze this map forever, but lucky for me, the makers of the map have done this already. An excerpt from their Web site:
- 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).
- Youtube has conquered Shibuya.
- Microsoft has moved to Ikebukuro, if you know what I mean.
- Yahoo is in Ueno, a nice place but nothing going on there.
- Wikipedia now is in Shimbashi, the place for the square and hard-headed Salaryman, like the Wikipedia watchdogs.
- The Chinese line runs parallel to the “share line” which starts with the main pirates…
- Paper info designer Tufte is right below the Federated Media, right before joining with the interactive information design circle in a 90 degree angle.
- “You” are in the Emperor’s palace, in the center of the network.
Link (Thanks, Chris!)