What do you get when you put 350,00 websites and 2 million links from 196 countries and on a map making their size relative to traffic? A map of the Internet that looks like a constellation of colored dots resembling stars in space.
This is exactly what Ruslan Enikeev did, but that’s not all. The grouping of constellations on the map is significant as well. Gizmodo explains that the space between each dot is “determined by the frequency with which users jump from one to another.” In short, this provides perspective on users preferences based on the neighbors within the groupings.
“Users’ switching between websites forms links, and the stronger the link, the closer the websites tend to arrange themselves to each other,” Enikeev writes on his site.
Here are more details on The Internet Map from Enikeev:
As one might have expected, the largest clusters are formed by national websites, i.e. sites belonging to one country. For the sake of convenience, all websites relative to a certain country carry the same color. For instance, the red zone at the top corresponds to Russian segment of the net, the yellow one on the left stands for the Chinese segment, the purple one on the right is Japanese, the large light-blue central one is the American segment, etc.
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.
Here’s a progression of TheBlaze zooming inward:
What was Enikeev’s point in making this map — aside from the fact that it is fun to find your favorite websites and see where they reside in Internet space? He writes it is an “attempt to look into the hidden structure of the network, fathom its colossal scale, and examine that which is impossible to understand from the bare figures of statistics.”
Play around on the map here.