I Spy Geekologie!: The Interweb Represented By Websites' Icons According To Popularity

August 25, 2010


Note: Highest-res version available HERE.

This is a picture of the internet as represented by the icons of the most visited websites, with each icon's size depending on how popular the particular site is (specifically, the site's reach). For example, Geekologie's icon is 208 x 208 pixels. SMALL ICON IS TOO SMALL.

A large-scale scan of the top million web sites (per Alexa traffic data) was performed in early 2010 using the Nmap Security Scanner and its scripting engine.

We retrieved each site's icon by first parsing the HTML for a link tag and then falling back to /favicon.ico if that failed. 328,427 unique icons were collected, of which 288,945 were proper images. The remaining 39,482 were error strings and other non-image files. Our original goal was just to improve our http-favicon.nse script, but we had enough fun browsing so many icons that we used them to create the visualization below.

The area of each icon is proportional to the sum of the reach of all sites using that icon. When both a bare domain name and its "www." counterpart used the same icon, only one of them was counted. The smallest icons--those corresponding to sites with approximately 0.0001% reach--are scaled to 16x16 pixels. The largest icon (Google) is 11,936 x 11,936 pixels, and the whole diagram is 37,440 x 37,440

The folks that created the graphic actually have a pannable/zoomable version of the entire thing, along with a search engine that locates your favorite sites for you, so be sure to check it out after hitting the jump to see a zoom-in of Geekologie. Then go out and spread the good word of the GW so next year Geekologie's at least 209 x 209 pixels. Movin' up, baby -- all the way to #1. Look out, Goggle!

Hit the jump for Geekologie's headshot and a link to peruse the site yourself.


Icons of the Web [nmap]

Thanks to Matty and Zach, who agree Geekologie's icon should at least be as big as YouPr0n's (I thought you said you alternate between the two sites!).

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