Artist Martin Vargic (JaySimons) from Bratislava, Slovakia has creatively mapped the Internet in beautiful detail. His map depicts Internet destinations such as Facebook, Flickr, Wikipedia, Twitter, and The Pirate Bay as actual lands loosely based on Alexa web traffic data.
Map of the Internet (Dec. 2013)
It’s a map every tech company should have in their office. A look at the map will make you feel that the technologies we use everyday are like communities and nations, places we identify with. Whether you’re a citizen of the Apple republic or Google homeland, the map creates a sense of interrelatedness among the digital world we live in. Much like the products we use, they come from far and wide. Imagine what it would be like to sail across the ocean just to use Google and then trek through the mountains to get some Facebook.
Strangely, it also cultivates the idea of conflict, power, and change in one’s mind; the rise and fall of technologies and companies, just like nations. It’s not too hard to imagine a war happening in this technology world.
Originally posted on his DeviantART page, it is on sale at Zazzle. Martin explains his piece:
I was originally inspired by map of the internet created by xkcd, showing most popular social networks as countries and regions, back in 2010. It was not my original idea, but I extended it to such a scale for the first time. I used photoshop for the majority of drawing.
The base style of the map was inspired by the National Geographic Maps, I also used Winkel Tripel Projection and similar border coloring fashion.
I created the map in quite a short time, three weeks to be exact. I often worked early in the morning, and I can say I really enjoyed it.
I got the data about website sizes mainly from Alexa and similar online services.
Jessica Leber from Fast Company writes:
“Map of the Internet 1.0” is a bit pointless but certainly fun to look at. Each landmass takes on the name of a popular English-language website or web service and is kinda sorta scaled to its popularity.
Read her full article about this map at Fast Company.
Here are the xkcd works which were the inspiration.
Online Communities II (circa 2010 )
And Online Communities I. (c. 2007)
It’s amusing how quickly the map of the Internet world changes and there are competing versions of what it actually looks like. Just look at how small Facebook was compared to MySpace and Xanga back then.
— Taige (@travelmapmaker)