The Internet Galaxy
July 27, 2012 1:35 PM Subscribe
This is a map of the 350,000 largest sites on the web
posted by FirstMateKate (69 comments total)
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,"... a project of Russian coder Ruslan Enikeev, with help from the Google Maps API and Russian creative agency Positive Communications.
The bigger the traffic, the larger the bubble. (The data comes from the web-tracking firm Alexa, circa the end of 2011). The color corresponds to the country of origin: light blue for America, dark blue for Germany, red for Russia, yellow for China, and so on. Enikeev even used a dynamic physics model to determine the position of each site, plotting traffic between sites as attractive forces and letting the bubbles sort themselves into groups."
, which also links to a more in-depth [and in Russian] description of the process