Ruslan Enikeev created an interactive map of 350,000 websites from 196 countries. He analysed more than 2 million links between the sites, looked at their traffic sizes, and plotted them as galaxies in a universe.
It took him more than a year to create the infographic. The current version shows how the web looked at the end of 2011. Google Maps was used to display the sites.
“The Internet map is a bi-dimensional presentation of links between websites on the Internet,” Enikeev explains. “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.”
Every country’s websites are a different colour. US-founded sites like Facebook and Google are light blue, for example. China’s are yellow and Russia’s are red.
“Information about more than 2 million links between the websites has joined some of them together into topical clusters,” Enikeev writes.
“As one might have expected, the largest clusters are formed by national websites, i.e. sites belonging to one country…Importantly, clusters on the map are semantically charged, i.e. they join websites together according to their content. 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.”
The biggest “galaxies” belong to Google and Facebook, which are purposely placed close together (below).
Head over to the The Internet Map and check it out.
Here’s what Business Insider’s galaxy looks like:
Photo: The Internet Map