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The Internet Rendered As An Amazingly Detailed Old-Time Map
January 31, 2014
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At first glance, this map looks like something out of an old National Geographic — but a closer look reveals that this one is filled with the world's most popular websites and online services, cleverly grouped together into continents and islands.

The map is the work of Martin Vargic, a Slovakian artist, who posted his creation on deviantart.com.

Over on the east side of the map, Vargic's clustered together some of the old-guard tech companies, like Apple, IBM and HP, while the big western continent is taken up by the New World of more recent Internet start-ups like Google, Facebook and Twitter. Wikipedia gets its own little island, while the southwest is populated by the Internet's vast array of adult sites. (There's even an archipelago for the so-called "Deep Web," a hidden anonymous layer of sites not indexed by search engines.) Off in the corners are little charts and mini-maps full of interesting factoids.

There are also all kinds of little nerdy jokes peppered throughout: the Internet Crime zone is surrounded by Spam Ocean and Warez Sea, while up in the north section are the Gossip Datastream and the Cyberbulling Datastream, which pass over Skype, Facebook and ICQ. My Little Pony is a tiny island in the Sea of Subculture.

As Slate points out, the map is mostly confined to the English-language Internet, but Vargic says it's a work in progress — and an impressive one at that. It took three weeks of 10-hour days to complete, says Vargic, who's also created wall-sized prints of the map.

For a better look at the map, click through the gallery above to see close-up shots of different regions, or click here to see the full image.


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