iA Inc. [information Architects Inc.] has just released its annual Web Trend Map. Using the complex Tokyo Metro map as a base, the 333 most influential Web domains and the 111 most influential people on the Internet, are added to the ‘web’. iA uses the Tokyo Metro Map because its complexity is the best analogy to the web.
The sites are carefully mapped to correspond with the station they best complement. Twitter, for example, the site with the most buzz this year, is located in Shibuya, because it ‘is the spot with the biggest buzz’.
The map is very complex, and is best seen in its original size to be fully appreciated. The image can be downloaded for free, or can be purchased as a limited edition print.