these drawings, all of which are taken from several internet sites, show the development of connected nodes (i.e. computers that communicate with each other) through the internet. additionally, there are maps that try to visualize what this huge network of content has become. and i am thankful that at least one of the future commodities which i dreamt of when i was a teenager, has really had become a chance of being real.
can you see yourself standing somewhere here?
1969: the birth of the internet (then still named ARPAnet)
1969: a 4-node-map of the ARPAnet (consisting of 4 university computers at UCLA)
1971: the ARPAnet is growing…
…and growing… (1973)
…and growing… (1975)
1983: the ARPAnet now is surrounded by several different other communication networks; it is not yet clear what will become out of the structure.
1987: some bigger players cristallize out of the internet primordial soup
1987: this map shows the “skeleton” of the physical connections of data connection in the internet, the NSF backbone structure still existing today
1988: the NCAR network; still it's all about science and university communication…
1992: the main internet connections just for the U.S.A. - we're talking already megabits of data flow channels here!
1999: like a flower blooming, the internet webmap explodes with the widespreading of the html website language and the WWW.
2005: this fireworks is a global map of nodes just hsowing the growing density of connections…
…and growing again… (2006)
…and still growing (2007); showing where the main data transfer takes place between europe and the U.S.
2007: same map, now showing the density of available internet servers
2010: it's more or less impossible to “draw” the internet anymore; instead, on this map only the main channels and connection densities are shown
2010: this map also tries to visualize connection intensity and data transfer lines in a more or less abstract way…
…but maybe the internet really looks like this?
…or like this?