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August 23, 2010 9:47 PM   Subscribe

The area of each icon is proportional to the sum of the reach of all sites using that icon. ... The largest icon (Google) is 11,936 x 11,936 pixels, and the whole diagram is 37,440 x 37,440.
posted by Joe Beese (22 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
So this is like "Where's Waldo", right? Are we visible? Big prize for first to find.
posted by Meatbomb at 9:52 PM on August 23, 2010


Metafilter.com: Not Found.

(according to their lookup tool)
posted by pjern at 9:56 PM on August 23, 2010


Online lookup : Not found.

Survey database lookup: Not found.

posted by Burhanistan at 9:56 PM on August 23, 2010


It's kind of fractal. Zooming in on the edge feels like zooming in on a piece of the Mandelbrot diagram.

And I like the way they sorted the pipsqueak icons by color.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 9:56 PM on August 23, 2010


This is orders of magnitude less interesting than it would be if the icons were links.
posted by gurple at 10:02 PM on August 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


http://AskMetafilter.com 10000 bytes in 0.00 seconds.
http://AskMetafilter.com/favicon.ico 166 bytes in 0.00 seconds.



Online lookup : The icon is at (29.507, 26.467) and is 48 × 48 pixels.
posted by longsleeves at 10:08 PM on August 23, 2010


All roads lead to Rome, all links lead to Google? In my mind's eye I'm imagining the Google logo cruising across the web landscape and obliterating other icons with its death ray Independence-Day-style. Like Taco Bell in Demolition Man - "All web sites are Google, now."
posted by XMLicious at 10:21 PM on August 23, 2010


The letter R seems to be a super-popular starting point for icons.
posted by Western Infidels at 11:02 PM on August 23, 2010


I am kind of surprised by how big some of the porn video sites are. YouPorn is as big as ESPN.
posted by empath at 11:02 PM on August 23, 2010


I can see my host from here!
posted by lore at 11:16 PM on August 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


Why is amazon.com so tiny? Something here can't be right. Icon size doesn't seem to bear much resemblance to the reach statistics I'm pulling up on Alexa. Am I misinterpreting something?
posted by painquale at 11:29 PM on August 23, 2010


That's not ask, longsleves. Put a dot between ask and metafilter.

The favicon is 1406 bytes and is a reassuring, friendly white, and yellow "MF" on a green background.
posted by GeckoDundee at 11:34 PM on August 23, 2010


Icon size doesn't seem to bear much resemblance to the reach statistics I'm pulling up on Alexa. Am I misinterpreting something?

It's grouped by favicon -- the reach of every site in the top million alexa list that has the Google favicon is added together, and there are a bunch of Google domains in that list: 19 of the top 100 are Google sites under the various ccTLDs, and of the million about 230 are Google. There are only two Amazon sites in the top 100 (amazon.com and amazon.de) and only a handful more in the full list. So, this is kind of a distorted reality because it skews heavily to sites that operate numerous localized ccTLD versions like Google.
posted by Rhomboid at 12:35 AM on August 24, 2010


It would be fun to see this as an animation over time.
posted by felix betachat at 12:40 AM on August 24, 2010


> YouPorn is as big as ESPN.

Well that figures: one features well-built men and women engaged in the endless repetition of exciting physical activities, as well as loud grunting, multiple camera angles, bright lights, tight ends, end zones, tailbacks, ball handling, free throws, fishnets, squeeze plays, head fakes, ball boys, helmets & locker rooms.

And the other is ESPN.
posted by chavenet at 3:04 AM on August 24, 2010 [6 favorites]


great, my site is next to gamespot, and some icon with a middle finger. guess im in the bad neighborhood.
posted by Mach5 at 4:34 AM on August 24, 2010


The area of each icon is proportional to the sum of the reach of all sites using that icon.

What is the "reach" of a site?
posted by DU at 5:46 AM on August 24, 2010


Why are some icons seemingly shown twice?
posted by mkb at 6:44 AM on August 24, 2010


What's the "B" in the top left corner (right above and to the left of ebay)?
posted by bluefly at 9:01 AM on August 24, 2010


Nevermind answered my own question, kinda. Here, it says it belongs to Vkontakte, a Russian social network with a reach of 2.4% of the (world's?) population.
posted by bluefly at 9:04 AM on August 24, 2010


What is the "reach" of a site?

It's defined by alexa as the percentage of all internet users that visit a site. It's also worth pointing out that this visualization uses the approximation of reach = 66.1682 × rank0.9337 derived from a regression fit of a sampling of the reach values of 178 sites out of the million.
posted by Rhomboid at 10:09 AM on August 24, 2010


I put it on zoom.it, which should be a lot easier to explore. See http://zoom.it/HaM3. Disclaimer: zoom.it is one of my projects.
posted by dr.flakenstein at 11:12 AM on August 24, 2010


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