Map of the Internet
Ruslan Enikeev created a searchable Internet map of links and bubbles, showing over 350,000 sites and two million links from 196 countries. Similar sites are closer together.
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.
Why does porn nestled between Brazil and Japan? I dunno.
I do like how a search for FlowingData shoots you over to a bubble that fills the screen, but then as you zoom out, you see this giant bubble on the top left appear.
Completely dwarfed by Twitter, just a tiny little bit in the big digital sky. Nice.