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 youtube.com after using google.com, 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.