The internet is growing at a rapid pace, with more than 500 new websites created every minute, according to a recent study by PCMag. That same study shows more than 2 million Google searches per minute, and more than 72 hours of Youtube content uploaded per minute.
This data got me thinking about how the internet is distributed. If you were to visually show web domains, and correlate their total web traffic, it would not only show browsing trends, but also human behavior at a high level.
I used data compiled from Ruslan Enikeev (he did all the hard work), where the circles represent web domains (e.g. google.com) and the size of the circle correlates to total web traffic in 2015 (from traffic firm Alexa). What appears is pretty interesting. The large circles in the middle are Google, Facebook, Youtube, etc, while the smaller circles are less well-known.
Why it’s interesting (or isn’t)
To me, the illustration looks very organic — like space, or microbiology. But the illustration is simply data showing human behavior (on the internet). Perhaps that’s why it looks so organic?