Where are you on the 2010 Map of Online Communities?

XKCD artist Randall Monroe has updated his Map of Online Communities to reflect how the volume of social activity has changed around the Internet since the original map was created back in 2007.

The massive map compares the size of different communities on the web, based on the number of people who visit. The original map displays a giant MySpace and Facebook about the same size as LiveJournal. Now, LiveJournal has been relegated to a tiny island off the southern shores of Twitter while Facebook takes up a huge portion of the map.

Communities rise and fall, and total membership numbers are no longer a good measure of a community’s current size and health. This updated map uses size to represent total social activity in a community – that is, how much talking, playing, sharing, or other socializing happens there. This meant some comparing of apples and oranges, but I did my best and tried to be consistent.

Estimates are based on the best numbers I could find, but involved a great deal of guesswork, statistical inference, random sampling, nonrandom sampling, a 20,000-cell spreadsheet, emailing, cajoling, tea-leaf reading, goat sacrifices, and gut instinct. (i.e. making things up.)

Sources of data include Google and Bing, Wikipedia, Alexa, Big-Boards.com, StumbleUpon, WordPress, Akismet, every website statistics page I could find, press releases, news articles, and individual site employees. Thanks in particular to folks at last.fm, LiveJournal, Reddit, and the New York Times, as well as sysadmins at a number of sites who shared statistics on condition of anonymity.

A poster of the 2010 Map of Online Communities measuring about 81cm by 94cm (32 x 37 inches) can be purchased over at the XKCD Store for $15 plus shipping. A bundle with the 2007 map is also available for $20.

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I already saw this on mm4rley's blog, so here are my impressions:
-Facebook = China
-Bebo having more users than Twitter (shocked, didn't know it was still alive, let alone doing that well)
-Receeding glaciers of AOL and Windows Live
-YouPorn made the list haha
-Cape of Hitler's Downfall remake videos
-WTF is Habbo?
-No Posterous and Reddit (or I didn't look close enough).

Syanide said,
I already saw this on mm4rley's blog, so here are my impressions:
-Facebook = China
-Bebo having more users than Twitter (shocked, didn't know it was still alive, let alone doing that well)
-Receeding glaciers of AOL and Windows Live
-YouPorn made the list haha
-Cape of Hitler's Downfall remake videos
-WTF is Habbo?
-No Posterous and Reddit (or I didn't look close enough).

Habbo = Hotel Habbo Island, I suppose.

Reddit's there at least.

acedriver said,
the forum I'm moderating is in the island of forums, near digital spy.. woohoooo

Which is why I find it strange that Lowyat is there and Neowin isn't .

Scirwode

WAR-DOG said,
where is 4chan?

If you looked at the map on xkcd, you'd see 4chan in the forum isles. And how huge it is comparatively.
I moved across the MMO Isle, from Maple Story to WoW. Personally, I never thought of Maple Story being that substantially large, but I guess it is. Interesting.
And Facebook isn't large enough. If you have enough users to form the 3rd largest country in the WORLD, then this is under-represented.

OrangeFTW said,

If you looked at the map on xkcd, you'd see 4chan in the forum isles. And how huge it is comparatively.

And how it looks like a dick.

Is angry drunken tweeting on the map? If so I fall in to that camp tonight. Stupid MoH beta and the lame hax already running amok on it... great motivation for spending $60! Damn rum, makes a guy onry!

Northgrove said,

Super popular FarmVille-like game in China.

If it were Japanese it would probably be called "Super Happy Crazy Farm!"