In Case You Missed It

Location, Location, Location.
November 2, 2009, 12:45 am
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Considering that the Internet is accessible anywhere in the world where you can find a connection and a server, people often seem to forget that each piece of information actually does come from a specific location somewhere in the world. Sometimes these locations are important, and sometimes they aren’t, but either way it is something to keep in the back of your mind.

4CHAN, the largest English-based imageboard site for example, was started in NYC in 2003 by a fifteen year old kid (yes, only fifteen!) who posts as “moot”. Buying the server space on his mom’s credit card (with her permission) the kid started the site as a place to discuss Japanese video games and television shows, but now becomes a server of all kinds of funny images and Internet phenomena/trends.

YouTube was created by three former PayPal employees out of San Bruno, CA in 2005. These three guys, Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim started the site when they were disgruntled about how it was not easy to share videos with each other from a dinner party they attended and thus, YouTube was born. With the guys originally holding up YouTube’s office above a pizzeria in San Bruno, CA, the company was moved to San Bruno when it was bought by Google in 2006.

College Humor is a website that posts comedic pictures, links and videos, that, as the name states, are geared towards the college age demographic. The site was started by Josh Abramson and Ricky Van Veen in 1999, two friends in high school in Baltimore, as I have indicated on my map. Site traffic is around seven million visitors per month, a rather high number for a comedy site.

Facebook is the global social networking site that hosts thousands of people’s individual pages, allowing them to post information and pictures about themselves as well as comment on the profiles of others, post links to outside sources and post status updates. Started by Mark Zuckerberg in his Harvard dorm room in 2003, the company has since taken off to become a global brand.

Flickr is an image hosting site supported by Yahoo!, often used as a host for bloggers’ photos such as this one! Since 2009 it claims to host over four billion images. Other such sites include Photobucket and Picasa.

FML, or F*** My Life, is a blog that serves as a “recollection of everyday anecdotes likely to happen to anyone.” Posts on the site are sent in by individuals about bad things that happen to them on a daily basis and read like a blogroll for other’s enjoyment. Originally started in France by designer Maxime Valette in 2008 with the french version Vie De Merde, which means “life of shit”, it became so popular an English version was created and a book of the best FML anecdotes was published in 2009.

PostSecret is an ongoing community mail project started by Frank Warren in 2005, where people send anonymous secrets to Frank on postcards and he posts them to the site, a Blogger hosted blog. Frank posts a new set of secrets each Sunday in addition to releasing books of said secrets and lecturing at various colleges and lecture halls.

Stuff White People Like is a WordPress-hosted blog of various people, places and things that “white people” like. Started by Christian Lander in 2008 and even has a book release, this blog uses comedy and irony to mock white people and their “uppity” tastes. As a white person myself, I can say that it definitely hits close to home.

Tumblr began in 2007 as an alternative blogging site, where users create a ¬†Tumblelog, a short form blog. Each person’s posts that a user subscribes to come up in their “dashboard” so readers can view recent posts without going to individual blogs. Heavy on visual images and videos over wordy posts, Tumblr is thus more easy to use and more visually appealing than other blog forms.

MySpace is one of the original social networking sites, started by President Tom Anderson as an offshoot of Friendster in 2002. Now in competition with Facebook and Tumblr, MySpace was one of the first sites that allowed users to personalize their pages, post bulletins, blog updates and pictures, and comment on other users sites.

Posted here is a map of all of the locations where these sites started; as you can see they are all across the country, even across the world; and this is only ten sites! Enjoy.

NOTE: Three of these sites are located in NYC, so you have to zoom in reeeeeal close to see all three pins.


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Kelly! This was really fun to read. It’s crazy that these enormous sites started over a dinner convo or from someone’s dorm room. It makes me wonder, shoot, what do I need to be doing from my humble abode on Franklin?

Completely unrelated, but your tweets are hilarious/funny to read. Makes me miss Nolan! Haha.

Hope the weekend was fab!

Comment by Kailey (SnackFace)

Ha yes I know, it is just proof that a million dollar idea can come from anyone, anywhere. It is crazy what the Internet can fuel.

And haha I’m glad you enjoy my tweets, I do seem to tweet at Nolan a lot, I spent the summer with him in Austin and I miss him too!

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