‘The Internet Map’ is a map of the Internet. It visualizes the vast, complex network of the internet and tries to find meaning in the enormous inter-linked cluster of the internet.
One look at Ruslan Enikee’s ‘The Internet Map’ and you’d think it is a photograph of a cosmic galaxy. It’s a fitting resemblance because ’The Internet Map’ reminds us how wonderstruck we are while gazing at stars and while we’re surfing the internet; the vast expanses of space also parallel the vast information on the web. That’s how the data seems to be visualized with its fantastical colours and cluster of heavenly spheres that are aligned in the structure of a galaxy. Each of these spheres is a website on the internet; the size and colour of the website sphere is governed by the popularity of the website (hits and traffic received) and its colour is marked by the country of its origin. A website from Russia is red (typical), a website from China is yellow (racist) and so on.
The websites’ names are written on these individual colourful polka dots to indicate their domain names. You can zoom in and out through this constellation to view individual websites or type the name of a particular website to find it on ‘The Internet Map’. The zooming bar is to the left of the cluster of websites. While zooming in and out, you feel like you’re flying through space; precisely why I was reminded of the Charles and Ray Eames’ movie ‘Powers of Ten’ when I was magnifying ‘The Internet Map’. In total ‘The Internet Map’ houses 3, 50,000 websites from 196 countries. The project helps us understand the relation between the various websites of the world by placing the websites with similar content together. Ruslan Enikee also provides some mumbo jumbo of classical physics and quantum physics to explain his project; if you decipher any of the information please make me understand too.
‘The Internet Map’ is a free project and requires support from people to survive. If you can donate, please do. You can enjoy ‘The Internet Map’, that vaguely also looks like an artist randomly splashing paints on a dark canvas, while I find out ways to make the little spec called DigitalAnalog in the universe of ‘The Internet Map’ into a full grown planet: http://goo.gl/DtQod
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