Icons of the Web scaled by popularity

Aug 26, 2010

Nmap visualizes site popularity as scaled icons. Favicons, that is. They’re that little icon that shows in your address bar or when you bookmark a site in your browser. If you’re reading this on FlowingData, you should see a little red icon next to the URL. The larger the icon, the more popular the site is, based on Alexa traffic data. In whole, the image is a giant 37,440 by 37,440 pixels image. Google is 11,936 x 11,936 pixels. Facebook is 6,736 × 6,736 pixels. Yahoo is 6,544 × 6,544 pixels.

And I’m happy to report FlowingData is a whopping 80 × 80 pixels. Aw yeah. Zoom in about a billion times, and you’ll find the icon in there:

Is your site in there? Enter a URL in the search field to find out.

The Web is a big and diverse place. You know that. I know that. But it’s always nice to see just how diverse it is.

[via | Thanks, Elise]



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