A Map of the Internet

Nette Spielerei von Ruslan Enikeev: eine Cluster-Karte des Internetzes, die die „größten“ 350.000 Websites aus 196 Ländern aus allen TLD-Zonen Ende 2011 verzeichnet. Das Deutsche Netz ist der blaue Arm der Galaxis rechts und ja, yours truly ist auch dabei, laut Karte ungefähr so groß wie die Seite zum VLC-Player. Find' ick gut. Der „huge Porn-Cluster“, von dem The Verge redet, befindet sich ürigens unten rechts (türkis sind die .com-Domains, davon gibt es zwei Cluster. Der untere, kleinere ist der dreckige… und: ja na klar hab ich danach gesucht!)

The map of the Internet is a photo shot of the global network as of end of 2011. It encompasses over 350 thousand websites from 196 countries and all domain zones. Information about more than 2 million links between the websites has joined some of them together into topical clusters. 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.

The Internet Map