Visualize the Internet with This Cool Map
We all know the internet exists, but what exactly does it look like? The project, “Internet-Map” is attempting to answer that question by using a large amount of data to make visual representations of what the internet looks like. Using the Alexa web database, Internet-Map is able to show websites relativity to each other, and overall size.
Here is what the Internet-Map website says about the way they organize the data they get:
“Like any other map, The Internet map is a scheme displaying objects’ relative position; but unlike real maps (e.g. the map of the Earth) or virtual maps (e.g. the map of Mordor), the objects shown on it are not aligned on a surface. Mathematically speaking, The Internet map is a bi-dimensional presentation of links between websites on the Internet. Every site is a circle on the map, and its size is determined by website traffic, the larger the amount of traffic, the bigger the circle. Users’ switching between websites forms links, and the stronger the link, the closer the websites tend to arrange themselves to each other.”
I found it interesting to see how different websites connected to each other – in the sense that each industry pretty much stuck together. I also was deeply impressed with the scale of this project. You can zoom in and really get a feel for how huge the internet is.
Of course the developers couldn’t display all the websites on the internet on this website at the same time, but it looks like it has the top 100,000 sites in there. So go ahead and play around for yourself and let us know what you think.
Click here to visit the Internet-Map’s website.
Now, excuse me while I go set my computers background to the beautiful image of the internet.
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