Amanda Peyton, the creator of geo-blogging site MessageParty, has designed a map of internet services based on Manhattan and its neighborhoods:
The reasoning behind each placement is as follows:
Twitter + Wall Street: Frenetic, Jumbled, Terse, but incredibly powerful
Foursquare + East Village: The roots of the service were in the EV and the best foursquare tips are still found here; bar-hopping, hypersocial, where-you-at mentality
Tumblr + West Village and Meatpacking: Coolness to a fault
Blog + Gramercy: I currently live in this neighborhood, so it was most fitting to place it there
Email + Chelsea and Times Square: Large, unmanageable, swelling, but ultimately the pulse of everything
Bnter + West Chelsea + Hell’s Kitchen: West Chelsea is the biggest up-and-comer neighborhood in lower Manhattan
Delicious + Midtown: Incredibly useful, but somewhat soulless (post-Yahoo) and unchanging
Facebook + Upper East Side: The center of the “establishment”
Quora + Upper West Side: Hyper-academic, hyper-artistic, hyper-self-reflective
Hacker News + Spanish Harlem: Steadfast, growing like a weed though few people notice, culture-rich but somewhat insulated
MessageParty + Washington Heights: Scrappy, and how could I miss an opportunity to post this video on my blog?
I would have asked which neighborhood(s) Google would match, but I think it would take up too much (oftentimes unnecessary) space.
For more on the map, including the inspiration behind the design and where you can obtain your own, hit up Amanda Peyton’s blog.