What would an 18th-century map of the Internet look like?

Answer: See for yourself — someone actually made one.

The Internet is such an integral part of our lives — you wouldn’t even be reading this without it — but how do you actually visualize it? Is it just lines of code, perhaps? How about light moving through cables or tubes? How about an 18th-century-style map of the world?

That’s how Martin Vargic sees it. Vargic, who has been creating maps since age 11, spent about 1,000 hours literally mapping out the Internet, and the results are impressive to say the least. He started by pulling data from Alexa’s annual ranking of websites by visitor numbers and popularity ratings. He then created countries for each of the 3,000 highest-ranked sites, with their size depicting their popularity. Google, unsurprisingly, is the biggest, followed by YouTube.

The countries are grouped onto continents based on the similarities of the sites, such as “search engines,” “social networks,” “e-commerce,” etc. Within the countries are cities and towns that represent subcategories of the sites. And there are Internet-themed geographical features incorporated into the whole thing, such as the “Livestream Range,” the “Troll Gulf” and the underwater “John McAfee Ridge.”
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