Some of the Internet’s largest and most powerful companies could often be considered countries in their own right, so it makes perfect sense that Slovakian artist Martin Vargic would put them all on a map. Working in his spare time to complete the project, the map features the top 500 websites according to commercial site information tracker Alexa, on a beautiful vintage National Geographic map.
Most of the map was created in Photoshop, with special software used to make the ornate borders. It’s not just the top 500 websites that have been included either, Vargic boasts that:
This poster includes one full map of the internet, 4 minimaps showcasing NSA surveillance, most used social networks, most used internet browser, and worldwide internet penetration, list of Alexa Top 500 websites, quick timeline of the Internet History, top software companies and much more
Even though the artist still considers his mapmaking a hobby two and a half years after he first started, this particular print is available to buy on Zazzle. Seeing as the original only took him three weeks to complete, Vargic also intends to improve the map by adding more and more sites. As reported by the MailOnline, he said:
Currently, I am working on the next versions of the map, which will be even more ridiculously detailed than the previous one, and will encompass all major websites without any significant exceptions.
There are limits of course, due to the immense size of the online realm, a map that encompassed everything would be totally unreadable and take years to complete. This particular effort seems to have covered all the right aspects though, and could even inspired an website-based form of Risk.
Images: Martin Vargic/Jay Jason Simons