Monday, September 10, 2007

Silicon Valley vs. New York & the East Coast (a top 10 list)

I've been spending a lot of time on the east coast lately and there are some fascinating cultural differences between here and my home in Silicon Valley.

I thought I'd share these cultural differences with you!

In Silicon Valley, the only thing that matters is the answer to this question "What comes after web 2.0.?"

In Washington D.C. nobody really knows what web 2.0 is.

In Silicon Valley I am a "User Experience Designer".

On the east coast I am just an internet person who designs websites.

In Silicon Valley a blog is an extension of who you are. If you don't have your own Blog or website there's something wrong with you.

In Washington D.C. blogs are how you spy on government officials. And in New York City, blogs are how you find the best shopping.

In Silicon Valley most people use the web to chase "The Long Tail".

In Washington D.C. & Baltimore people just use the web to chase tail!
See article, Craigslist used in BWI prostitution arrests

In Silicon Valley people are OOO for Burning Man at the end of the summer.

On the east coast, people lie and say they're working, but they're actually OOO for August.
(OOO = "out of office")

When people in Silicon Valley eat, they eat local-organic-gourmet food. (if they can afford it).

If you eat locally organic in New York City you are a hippie freak who's ruining the culture.

Walking down the street in San Francisco is an obstacle course of rudeness and filth.

Walking down the street in Baltimore, MD is a multi-cultural utopia where complete strangers actually say hello to each other and smile.

In Silicon Valley, if you sleep at night, what the hell are you doing? You aren't working enough!

In New York, if you sleep at night what are you doing? You'll never meet anyone!

In San Francisco, "housing crisis" means more investment in technology (yay!), but higher rents (boo!).

On the east coast, "housing crisis" means the federal government bails out very very rich New Yorkers for their own stupidity.

In San Francisco men flirt with my husband.

On the east coast they flirt with ME!