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Social Media Maps

The Randall Munroe 'Online Communities' Maps Give Direction to n00bs

— October 9, 2010 — Pop Culture
The Randall Munroe 'Online Communities' maps make web surfing easy for the less Internet-savvy. The maps outline the Internet's biggest websites as countries and seas, giving clarity to each site's ranking by relevance.

With things like the "Noob Sea" and "Facebook Island," The Randall Munroe 'Online Communities' maps are extremely easy to understand. Perhaps a great addition to the series would be an Internet language translator, so the 1ntern00bs of the world can understand the geek-speak that is taking over pop culture.
Trend Themes
1. Online Community Mapping - Businesses can use this trend to create visually appealing online community maps that provide clarity to each site's ranking by relevance.
2. Internet Language Translation - Opportunities exist for businesses to develop sophisticated translation algorithms that decipher technical jargon or internet slang and translate it to common language that the public can understand.
3. Simplified User Interfaces - Businesses can utilize this trend to create simpler, more intuitive interfaces that can help new users feel more comfortable and familiar with new platforms or websites.
Industry Implications
1. Social Media - Social media companies can use online community maps to gauge their visibility, engagement levels and strategize ways to improve user experience on their platforms.
2. Translation Services - Translation businesses can leverage this trend by developing sophisticated algorithms or tools that translate technical jargon to commonly understood language.
3. Web Design & Development - Web design businesses can take inspiration from this trend and create user-friendly, easy-to-use websites that are more visually accessible, simple, and intuitive
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