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If the web was the US, which sites would be which cities?

Facebook: NY; Google: LA

The 2 most important, most trafficked sites on the web are the two largest, most important cites in the US - and they're as opposite as NY and LA are to one another. Facebook's social approach to the web is as foreign to Google as a good steak house is to LA.

MySpace: Detroit

Used to matter, not anymore - just trying to survive the exodus.

Yahoo: Boston

At one time this was the hub, not so much anymore.

Twitter: Miami

Lots of flash and celebrity power, keep this one a favored destination.

AOL: Chicago

This is where real people live: i.e. flyover country.

Wikipedia: San Francisco

Lots of smart folks working together communally to make the world a better place. Not to mention a few bad apples making the world a more difficult place.

TechCrunch: Austin

Small, but very influential. Where the movers and shakers all start.

CraigsList: Las Vegas

Sin city - what happens here stays here (hopefully).

Ebay: Phoenix

Old school, literally.

Did I miss any?


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Nice game, Mike, but I have some different takes on your analogies and I’ve added a few additional companies to the mix:

Google: New York
Simply the most interesting city in the country, far and away.

Twitter: LA
Full of a**holes (and meaningless words).

Facebook: Washington, DC
Imposing its will on the world against the vast majority's interests and telling them they should like it.

eBay: Orlando
Tons of pointless crap that no one needs.

AOL/"Aol": [virtually any interchangeable, identity-less suburb here]
No one cares.

"Ask.com Search Engine" (as per their current TITLE tag): St. Louis
“That still exists?”

Digg: San Francisco
Dorksville, USA.

Reddit: Seattle
Makes Digg/SF look cool by comparison.

Tumblr: Miami
Just plain sexy (despite having some annoying people in it).

Bit.ly: Boise, Idaho
A “company” in the same way that Boise is a “city” - i.e., only technically.

MySpace: Gary, Indiana
Not exactly somewhere you want your kids walking around at night.

Chatroulette: Juarez
Even less so.

Zynga: Houston
Being “successful” doesn’t make something good.

Blippy: Wilmington, Delaware
****ing people over financially because those people give them the power to do so.

FourSquare: Reno, Nevada
There are people who consider both “fun.”

43signals.com: Portland, Oregon
Annoying, arrogant, holier-than-thou, thin-skinned, not really that great.

TED.com: Long Island
Shut up already!

PlentyOfFish.com: Richmond, Virginia
Best place to catch herpes (source regarding Richmond: CDC by way of http://www.askkids.com/resource/Which-United-States-City-Has-the-Highest-STD-Rate.html (!)).

Microsoft: Omaha
A now pitiful place that owes its reputation almost entirely to one unfathomably wealthy man.

Yahoo!: Cleveland
Just ****ing depressing. (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZzgAjjuqZM .)


heh..."FourSquare: Reno, Nevada
There are people who consider both 'fun.'”

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