Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Language on the Internet

This great article/project is home to a number of maps and animations all along the idea of an "internet archipelago." This one in particular looks at the internet through language:

"this mapping is limited to countries are home to a significant population speaking an internet language (a significant population is defined as at least 100,000 first tongue speakers). the political map of the world is rearranged based on internet language populations to create the language archipelago. the united states is placed at the center of the language archipelago for several reasons. it is the only country that has a significant population speaking all ten internet languages. it has the most extensive internet infrastructure. and it was the birthplace of the internet. from there, all the other internet countries are arranged in rays corresponding to the countries’ dominant internet language based on their ascendancy. the national flag at the end of each ray is used as a visual legend to key the ray’s language. this map illustrates the dominant role of the world’s superpowers on in internet and reveal the circumstance of countries at the periphery."

Geography of Domain Names

According to this article on Mappa Mundi there are currently over 18 million .com domains registered on the Internet, along with another 11 million domains of varying sorts. This map was compiled using the billing addresses of domains registered in Manhattan.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

The internet as sketched-up buildings - SimCity-style

Here's a site where blogs and websites can pay to register themselves as buildings on the "streets" of the internet. Looks like it's mostly caught on just in Russia and eastern Europe.
link via digg

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Monday, October 29, 2007

Country codes of the world

Map design by John Yunker showing relative sizes of top level domain country codes.
Each ccTLD is sized relative to the population of the country or territory, with the exception of China and India, which were restrained by 30% to fit the layout. At the other end of the spectrum, the smallest type size used reflects those countries with fewer than 10 million residents.
link via strange maps

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Interactive IP Map

There's another more interactive map out, similar to the ones I've posted before, using the Hilbert curve. Link here
We map all 4,294,967,296 IP addresses onto a huge image and let you zoom into it and pan around. Just like google maps, but more internetty.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Find your location on the internet

This is a really great site that uses the famed xkcd comic representation of the internet and plots your location on that map.

UPDATE: A census of internet space modeled on this xkcd comic is out from the Information Sciences Institute.

UPDATE: Here's a great blog post on the ICANN blog that I missed when it first came out. The same structure of the XKCD comic and adds color to indicate regional allocations and free space.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Interconnection of Cities

From Chris Harrison's site:
The Dimes Project provides several excellent data sets that describe the structure of the Internet. Using their most recent city edges data (Feb 2007), I created a set of visualizations that display how cities across the globe are interconnected (by router configuration and not physical backbone). In total, there are 89,344 connections.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Internet Availability Map

A beautiful map by graphic designer Brian Christie showing the world in terms of internet availability. Link

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Time Magazine's 50 Best Websites

Old news, but here's Time's take on what's worth looking at on the web in 2007.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Internet Black Holes

Here's a map circulating of the 15 internet-restricting countries...brought to us by Reporters without Borders. I saw it first from strange maps.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Global distribution of internet users in 2005

This map, published by ExploMap in 2005 using clickz data, shows the number of internet users by country, with each small grey box indicating 1 million users. Link

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Who owns the internet?

Here's a map of the 2006 internet color-coded by who the routers are registered to. link
Red = Verizon
Blue = AT&T
Yellow = Qwest
Green = Level 3, Sprint Nextel, others
Black = Cable industry
Gray = Other

Sunday, August 5, 2007

TED's list of 100 Websites you should know

TED has come out with a list of 100 websites you should know and use...not a map, but a nicely edited directory. link

Friday, August 3, 2007

Mapa Visual de la Web 2.0

This is a well-edited depiction of Web 2.0 concepts and site links from Spain. link

Israeli Internet

This posted by misteroo on flickr.

Monday, July 23, 2007

iA's Web Trend Map 2007

2007's biggest websites depicted as a subway map, complete with weather outlook at each station. Go to the original clickable version on iA's site

Periodic table of the internet

The major sites of the internet organized into a periodic table. Source: via

Map of the internet universe

Jonathan Harris' Universe hardly could be called a is a web geography interactive playland. Watch his talk introducing the project on Ted.

XKCD comic

A very clever map of online communities. Source: via

Internet as logo collection

This is also not a map and has a cluttered feel, but does a good job of organizing top websites by category. Source: via

The internet represented as a globe

Of hundreds of globes on display at (fantastic website), two depict the internet.

iA's 2006 ratings for websites

Not a map, but a useful visual reference comparing popular sites across a number of criteria. They also rate news services, social networks, social linklists, corporate websites, and blogs. Check out the full page on iA.

World Map of Social Networks

This map by Valleywag shows the dominant social networking service in major countries.

Polish Map of the Internet

I can't read much of it, but it I can pick out the lands of 'Blogerra, Wikia, and Fotocz.'
From a Polish website.

First map of the internet?

This is as sketch of the first node on ARPANET at UCLA September 2, 1969. From Peter Salus' book "Casting the Net: From ARPANET to INTERNET and Beyond"