Internet Map visualizes links between top websites
If you had to think up a way of visualizing the Internet, how would you go about it? It’s by no means an easy feat, considering the vastness of the World Wide Web—there are at least 6.89 billion websites (as of July 10, 2012), according to three of the top search engines. Of course, not all of these are active, making it even harder to map the useful areas of the Web.
Ruslan Enikeev did the hard work for you and created the Internet Map. The map includes 350,000 websites and two million links from 196 countries, each color-coded. Ruslan’s map rates the size of a website by the amount of traffic receives and how frequently surfers jump for one website to another.
Typically, Google has the biggest circle and sits within the center of the map, surrounded closely by Facebook, Yahoo, Live.com, and Twitter. This is not surprising given the size of these sites' userbases, and the way in which people use them to find information around the Web.
As Ruslan explains: “…clusters on the map are semantically charged [..] For example, a vast porno cluster can be seen between Brazil and Japan as well as a host of minor clusters uniting websites of the same field or similar purposes.”
It’s particularly interesting seeing the way colors correspond. For instance, TechHive’s sister publication PCWorld sits comfortably both within a tech news cluster and news cluster, and within one for news content within the United States.
The data is collection from the end of 2011, so TechHive is much to new to feature just yet!
You can check out the map for yourself and see where your favorite websites are positioned on the web by visiting internet-map.net.