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Internet map

Where are you on the map of the internet?

This is very cool. It’s a representation of the internet that maps each site according to its relative size, with the distances between them determined by the strength or frequency of the link created when people move from one site to another.

Stuart Thomas: Senior Reporter
Stuart Thomas joined the Burn Media team in 2011 while finishing off an MA in South African Literature. Eager to prove his geek credentials, he allowed himself... More

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The map’s makers claim that it encompasses over 350 thousand websites from 196 countries and all domain zones. “Information about more than two-million links between the websites has joined some of them together into topical clusters,” they say.

They minds behind it were apparently inspired by the sheer size and complexity of the net. “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,” they say.

A load of mathematical and engineering wizardry has gone into the project. We won’t go into that in any detail, but you can read about it if numbers rock your boat.

One of the most interesting findings of the map is a “vast porno cluster” between Brazil and Japan.