Visual Map Of The Internet And Websites' Connectedness

July 25, 2012


This is actually a worthwhile little time waster. is a website that depicts websites as different sized circles based on the size of their audience, and their relatedness to one another based on their proximity on the map. It has a handy search feature too, so you don't have to go scrolling around to find the site you're looking for. Because otherwise it would be complete shit. Google translation from Russian:

Mathematically speaking, the Internet is a two-dimensional map display of links between sites on the Internet. Each site is a circle on the map, its size is determined by the attendance of the site, higher attendance - more than a circle. Transitions between the sites users form a connection, the stronger the connection - the closer sites "want to" sit for one another.

Map of the Internet is a snapshot of the global network at the end of 2011. It covers more than 350 000 sites from 196 countries and all domain zones. Information on over 2 million connections between sites combined them into thematic clusters. As might be expected, the largest clusters are formed by national sites, ie sites belonging to one country. For convenience, the sites related to one country shows the same color.

I searched around looking at some of my favorite sites, and it was pretty neat to see what they were bunched with. Of course I have no clue what sort of algorithm they used, so it could be all garbage. Also, it really needs a search function where you can enter more than one site at a time and see their relationship across the map. That would have been cool. "Wow GW, that's actually a good idea." Haha! There's a first time for everything.

Thanks to The Baron, who told me yesterday he'll get tired of reading Reddit, close the window, then open a new one and go to Reddit again. IT'S A CULT.

  • Ian Smith

    Has anyone figured out the colour code to this thing?

  • donsan

    The south-central part of the map is the pron glue that holds all nations together. Let's hold hands. That's not my hand...

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    This is allowing me to increase my porn exposure by 1000%
    I am finding sites I never knew existed. I will have to stay locked in my office for a couple of weeks to get through all of these

  • jimmybrite

    Honestly, who uses yahoo? I feel like they are forcing it on people, and those shitty yahoo articles posted on facebook, I have 0 apps and games on fb,I have adblock and noscript and I'm still forced to see those shit yahoo! article ads.

  • $18922249

    I am really surprised that bing and yahoo are so close to google.

  • haha, microsoft's circles are so small compared to the other big tech companies. Also, amazing how similar our internet is when compared to the universe as a whole. they should try to map the internet in 4 dimensions by going 'back in time' and seeing what happens when a website dies. where do all of its parts go? (hint: answer is "to other websites)

  • It's like looking at a star scape.

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    try this for fun. just scroll down into it and you can find some creepy stuff. I ended up part of the "universe" that is definitely illegal in 75% of the countries of the world.

  • GirlFromSpace

    It's pretty to look at...but I DGAF

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