When I look at this image, I wish it had been rendered and presented in a 3D format I could grab, rotate and zoom in on… There’s just too much detail to glean at this paltry resolution – even though you’ll get a bigger image if you click through:
It comes from the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis, as reported previously over at Discover magazine – and shows Internet connected hubs over a period of two weeks in 2007.
“Tracing the circumference clockwise corresponds to moving from east to west. Each square represents a data hub, which lines up on a spoke with the city in which it is registered. The closer to the center it lies, the more data it traffics.”
Digging deeper, there are earlier animated versions of the graph/map – showing the flux in traffic to specific hubs over a period of two years.