So, here’s the Internet:

It’s purty!

This map contains 350,000 sites, including zompist.com, which is a tiny dot northeast of that big cyan blob in the center, which is Facebook.  (The bigger blob to its southwest is Google; Youtube is to the right.)  The circles are sized according to traffic, and coded by country– cyan is US, yellow is China, dark blue is Germany, a purpler blue is France, purple is Japan, and so on.  The two-dimensional location roughly represents connectivity: more links between sites move them closer together.

Metafilter is barely visible if you click on the map to enlarge.  Go straight north from Google till you reach a blue-purple circle; that’s google.ca.  Metafilter is a cyan dot at about 1:00 from there.

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