Ok, I must admit that this post is more fun than that it will give you more insight in e-commerce. But hey, perhaps you will stumble upon some great sites anyway, which will open your eyes or give you some great new ideas!
iA have managed to fit in the 200 most successful websites on the web, ordered by category, proximity, success, popularity and perspective. The new trend map features much more websites than the previous one. The focus is still on English language websites (because that is where it’s at), but iA have added some Japanese sites (a mystery to most of us foreigners), some German sites (yep, there are really some popular ones) and a Chinese line (the second Internet).
As I am Dutch the first thing I did was to check out some Dutch sites on the map… Well, it was hard to come up with one. The only one that comes close is the Dutch version of Wikipedia, bottom right corner. That probably isn’t the best place to be on the map ;-(
iA have used the Tokyo metro map, so if you have been to Tokyo you might see lots of little hints and sarcastic comments (Dave McClure explains some of them) hidden in there. Have fun with it!
If you can’t get enough about websites printed on to maps, then also try the World Web Map 2007. That one was created by Alexa and Comscore. Again, perhaps not very useful but I really appreciate the effort that has been put in!