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Map of Internet connects 350,000 websites

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Ruslan Ekineev

If you've ever tried to wrap your head around the the massive tangle known as "the Internet", chances are you've gotten stuck. Russian program developer Ruslan Ekineev always thought that numbers couldn't tell the whole story, so he decided to make a visual map.

Ekineev created what he calls The Internet Map, a graphic that charts 350,000 websites from 196 countries in an interactive cosmic galaxy. Each website is represented as a planet. The planet's size is determined by website traffic, its color is determined by national origin, and the planets are spaced apart based on how often users jump between the two sites. 

Ekineev explains on his site:

The Internet global network is a phenomenon of technological civilization, and its exceptional complexity surpasses anything mankind has ever created. In essence, what we are dealing with here is a huge quantity of utterly unstructured information. 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.

The map is a great follow-up to another Internet map published a few weeks ago that charts the globe's fiber-optic connections. Ekineev's map deals more with content of the Internet, allowing you to search for a specific website, or just scroll around to find where familiar websites are situated. Kill some time on this yourself, and see how SCPR fits into the picture.