Representing Communities on the Web

This from Clive Flashman: a delightful map of online communities on the web by web comic artist Randall Monroe. The countries are scaled by approximate membership, which means that this geography will be a rapidly changing one – I wonder is the geographic metaphor a good one in this particular instance? What the heck, art trumps reason if it entertains!

What I especially liked was the small detail of the compass rose shown in the close-up below, suggesting four main focal areas for web communities: real life, practicals, focus on the web (navel gazing?) and intellectual matters. The “intellectual” direction of the compass points directly at the “Blogipelago” – which I’m sure will cheer everybody up. Go see the full version and enjoy.

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