Map (Graph) of the Internet

Map (Graph) of the Internet

The Internet has no physical geography like the Earth does. Where the distance between New York and London is measured to 3465 miles, the distance between two points (nodes) on the internet is measured by relationships (how they are linked). In the “About” section of this website, it explains the key to understanding this map. The map is arranged into size-differentiating color coded circles, each representing a website across the internet. Large circles indicate increased traffic, while the placement of the circles on the bi-dimensional map are determined by the amount of traffic by users traveling to a website from a website. For example, the more a user goes to after using, the closer their circles will be to each other on the map. The purpose of this map can best be explained with an excerpt from the “about” section labeled The Internet Phenomenon:
The Internet global network is a phenomenon of technological civilization, and its exceptional complexity surpasses anything mankind has ever created. In essence, what we are dealing with here is a huge quantity of utterly unstructured information. The Internet map 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.

yours truly,

One thought on “Map (Graph) of the Internet”

  1. The internet, given its size and scope is becoming increasingly hard to try and graph. Too many links exist within too many sites to to accurately depict its interconnectedness so graphs like these do more to show you where the traffic is as opposed to where the traffic came from or is heading to (Think a directed graph). Take into account the popularization of browsing tabs and this become all the more difficult. For example, what if someone visited youtube on one tab and google on the other. Under this scenario google and youtube would not be positioned so close together even though they are. To me, it seems that we provide too much emphasis on volume when viewing the relationships between sites as a way to measure a websites significance as a platform or model for future technologies. I think that it it is important to look at the substance of the connections being made from site to site not the frequency at which they occur. it will only get harder to do so with increasing traffic as the subtleties will likely get drowned out.


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