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Marketing firm Flowtown has an Updated 2010 version of the Social Networking Map first created by xkcd.
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Cape of Hitler's Downfall Remake Videos was clever. No MeFi though.
posted by Mister_A at 3:08 PM on August 15, 2010


Suffers from lack of 4chan and "here be trolls."
posted by signalnine at 3:08 PM on August 15, 2010


yeah really, no 4chan? Also no representation of gaming?
posted by Mister_A at 3:09 PM on August 15, 2010


and for those of us who leave the house, the map still looks like this.
posted by jonmc at 3:10 PM on August 15, 2010 [4 favorites]


Also, that should be the sinking island of Google Buzz.
posted by signalnine at 3:10 PM on August 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


The direction North should be substituted with Yahoo! on that compass.

It almost seems like google should be some sort of huge floating island that covers (almost) the entire landmass.

Also, yeah, leaving 4Chan off is a little weird... maybe I'm overestimating the size of their userbase though.

Pretty cool work, over all.
posted by codacorolla at 3:10 PM on August 15, 2010


Also, that should be the sinking island of Google Buzz.

Came in to post that.
posted by Ian A.T. at 3:18 PM on August 15, 2010


Once you start making one of these maps, they're already outdated, huh...
posted by KChasm at 3:20 PM on August 15, 2010


4Chan is small but highly influential, controversial, and effective, in this context. They are the Israeli army of internet practical jokes and moronic mayhem, is what I'm saying.
posted by Mister_A at 3:21 PM on August 15, 2010


I was really hoping Mefi would be on it somewhere, but unfortunately it's not.
posted by kylej at 3:26 PM on August 15, 2010


I didn't see Reddit on there. Did I miss it?
posted by josher71 at 3:27 PM on August 15, 2010


• Pandora/LastFM/Imeem Island = Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan
• Flixster = Niger?
• E-Harmony/Chemistry/Match = Iran, Afghanistan + Turkmenistan, Pakistan
• LiveJasmine = Ukraine
• Digsby/Tweetdeck/Twitpic = continental Southeast Asia, without Malaysia
• Youtube = Ukraine (at the very least, the Cape of Hitler's Downfall Remake Videos = Crimea)

Any more?
posted by mdonley at 3:30 PM on August 15, 2010


MeFi is like that secret island of eternal life that never shows up on maps.

Which is fine with me.
posted by SirOmega at 3:33 PM on August 15, 2010


Wikileaks is not part of Wikimedia.
posted by Slyfen at 3:34 PM on August 15, 2010


MeFi is the big blue that surrounds us all.
posted by iamkimiam at 3:36 PM on August 15, 2010


When the original xkcd strip was published, I immediately bought the poster and put it up on my wall. Since then, it's gone from in-joke to geeky to ironic to nostalgic, and now, finally, to historical reference.
posted by The Lurkers Support Me in Email at 3:37 PM on August 15, 2010 [5 favorites]


The only way that tiny little island holds all the lolcats is if it's one of those TARDIS islands that's actually bigger once you're on it.
posted by Gator at 3:43 PM on August 15, 2010


I don't like this. They just copied xkcd for clicks.

and for those of us who leave the house, the map still looks like this.
posted by jonmc at 10:10 AM on August 16 [1 favorite +] [!]


EXCEPT AFRICA IS NOT 14 TIMES LARGER THAN GREENLAND LOL
posted by doublehappy at 3:59 PM on August 15, 2010 [2 favorites]


Google should be the name of the ocean, not of a southern landmass.

That said, xkcd's map was funny, witty, with an insider's perspective.
This one?
posted by bru at 4:09 PM on August 15, 2010


I was really hoping Mefi would be on it somewhere, but unfortunately it's not.

Based on the fact that the sizes of each state are supposed to be proportional to the number of users, and I'm afraid our 49,000 would be nothing but a few pixels.
posted by Rhomboid at 4:32 PM on August 15, 2010


we're a tiny island where mutation and evolution runs wild.
posted by The Whelk at 4:44 PM on August 15, 2010 [2 favorites]


that or Shangra-Lai
posted by The Whelk at 4:44 PM on August 15, 2010


Marketing firm? Really?
posted by DU at 5:31 PM on August 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


I have so many negative comments to make about this unoriginal, poorly executed idea!
posted by scose at 5:32 PM on August 15, 2010


Kind of surprising that Twitter is so...small, what with all the hoopla and such.
posted by Casimir at 6:40 PM on August 15, 2010


Both 4chan and reddit have negligibly large userbases, as documented in the xkcd comic, assuming this version is using a scale that's anywhere remotely near the original.
posted by shadytrees at 6:45 PM on August 15, 2010


Wondering if they gave Randall Munroe any money, or just blatantly ripped him off?
posted by mollymayhem at 6:54 PM on August 15, 2010


Heh. While reading a satire on the expansion of Google's data collection, mashable.com tried to load the following resources:

http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js
http://partner.googleadservices.com/gampad/google_service.js
http://www.google-analytics.com/ga.js

The joke is, though, that I and everyone else here on MeFi block such things at the hosts file level. Aren't we awesome!

...I don't really have a point. Carry on.
posted by tapesonthefloor at 7:29 PM on August 15, 2010


*adjusts spectacles*

I don't see Geocities anywhere!
posted by The Card Cheat at 9:26 PM on August 15, 2010


Habbo? What the hell? It's bigger than Twitter!
posted by bink at 9:39 PM on August 15, 2010


*adjusts spectacles*

I don't see Geocities anywhere!


*squints* Geocities was there but *thunder crack* Not anymore!
posted by The Whelk at 9:42 PM on August 15, 2010


Wikileaks is not part of Wikimedia.

Nor Citizendium nor WikiCity, etc. I think they meant to say MediaWiki, which is the software these all run on (at least these I mention).
posted by dhartung at 9:56 PM on August 15, 2010


Does it make me old if I'd never heard of Habbo before and it apparently has 178 Million users?
posted by Mitheral at 11:42 PM on August 15, 2010


Nor Citizendium nor WikiCity, etc. I think they meant to say MediaWiki, which is the software these all run on (at least these I mention).

Ironically, they could have got it right if they'd bothered to skim the relevant Wikipedia pages.

I'm assuming the aim of this was to showcase their cutting-edge internets savvy to potential clients, in which case, between this and the "rising" Buzz, I give them the Pepe Reina Safe Pair of Hands Award.
posted by Slyfen at 2:51 AM on August 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


I also realized they left Runescape off. That has to be a huge userbase. Almost every kid in our library plays it.
posted by codacorolla at 1:48 PM on August 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


imeem became MySpace Music a loong time ago. 2009?
posted by mrgrimm at 2:16 PM on August 16, 2010


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