San FranciscoI started thinking about San Francisco, as I was planning to go to WordCamp San Francisco this year (and I organize WordCamp Victoria).

I have also been one of the organizers for Social Media Club Victoria, and SMC has it’s global home in San Francisco.

We already know that San Francisco is the center of the universe for social media, but I had no idea just how much so. Here’s a short list of companies based in that part of the world (you may have heard of a couple of them):

  • Facebook (Palo Alto) – Facebook, FriendFeed
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn (Mountain View)
  • Google (Mountain View) – Buzz, Wave, Blogger, FeedBurner, Google Connect
  • Yahoo! (Sunnyvale) – Flickr, Meme
  • Digg
  • Automattic* – WordPress.com, PollDaddy, IntenseDebate, Gravatar, Akismet
  • eBay (San Jose) – StumbleUpon
  • Posterous.com
  • Ning (Palo Alto)
  • Technorati
  • Flixster
  • Plaxo (Mountain View)
  • Photobucket
  • Seesmic

* Automattic claims to be from everywhere, but I included them on this list because a large number of their people are based in the San Francisco area.

New York has a few companies that have made an impact in the business – Vimeo, Tumblr, Meetup.com, and Foursquare to name a few.

For science fiction geeks, San Francisco is also the headquarters for both Skynet (Terminator), and Star Fleet Academy (Star Trek).

Which social media companies did I miss? Add to the comments.

  • http://lloyddewolf.com/ Lloyd Dewolf

    Was planning on going? Not anymore?

    Slide, SocialText, Six Apart, Craigslist, Wikia, Pandora, Bloglines, Dogster, Flock, Bebo, and the list could go on and on.

    • http://en-gb.facebook.com/PaulHolmes Paul Holmes

      Yes, I’m still planning to go! I assume you are, too?

      As for San Francisco … crazy! I hope I have a chance to meet some cool folks from these companies when I’m there. The highlight of my last trip to Las Vegas was the tour of Zappos.com.

      Dogster? Honestly? Facebook for dogs?

      • http://lloyddewolf.com/ Lloyd Dewolf

        You, I’m bringing my whole little family.

        I’d love to check out Zappos’s office, though Las Vegas scares me a little.

        Dogster is an awesome company with a phenomenal community. It was founded the same year as FB I think — Ted Rheingold is among my favorite people in the valley — so maybe we could say FB is Dogster for People. That Friendster isn’t part of the conversation is a good reminder how short a time we might have.

        Got your ticket to Northern Voice?

        • http://en-gb.facebook.com/PaulHolmes Paul Holmes

          I’d like to go to Northern Voice, but I may have a timing conflict.

          Definitely looking forward to San Francisco, though. I haven’t been since I was about 8 (that was about 28 years ago). My wife (@GDgeek on Twitter) is coming, too!

  • http://lloydbudd.com Lloyd Budd

    Was planning on going? Not anymore?

    Slide, SocialText, Six Apart, Craigslist, Wikia, Pandora, Bloglines, Dogster, Flock, Bebo, and the list could go on and on.

  • http://en-gb.facebook.com/PaulHolmes Paul Holmes

    Yes, I'm still planning to go! I assume you are, too?

    As for San Francisco … crazy! I hope I have a chance to meet some cool folks from these companies when I'm there. The highlight of my last trip to Las Vegas was the tour of Zappos.com.

    Dogster? Honestly? Facebook for dogs?

  • http://lloydbudd.com Lloyd Budd

    You, I'm bringing my whole little family.

    I'd love to check out Zappos's office, though Las Vegas scares me a little.

    Dogster is an awesome company with a phenomenal community. It was founded the same year as FB I think — Ted Rheingold is among my favorite people in the valley — so maybe we could say FB is Dogster for People. That Friendster isn't part of the conversation is a good reminder how short a time we might have.

    Got your ticket to Northern Voice?

  • http://en-gb.facebook.com/PaulHolmes Paul Holmes

    I'd like to go to Northern Voice, but I may have a timing conflict.

    Definitely looking forward to San Francisco, though. I haven't been since I was about 8 (that was about 28 years ago). My wife (@GDgeek on Twitter) is coming, too!