Visual Maps of the Blogosphere

Frapper: Map of Digg users

To me, Slashdot is so 90s. I prefer Digg anytime. I recently got word via Digg about this new Google Map service called Frapper, which makes pretty slick use of Google Maps for users to input their locations. On the map above, you see 2818 Digg users plotting their locations. It’s interesting how the largest cluster is on the East coast; Note this as we corelate it with the next distribution map. You can try this Frapper map out at:

Mapping the Blogosphere in America
Mapping the Blogosphere in America
While the first map showed the distribution of tech-savvy Internet user across the U.S., this map shows the distribution of weblogs in a study sample. “Mapping the Blogosphere in America” was produced by Jia Lin & Prof. Alexander Halavais from the School of Informatics, University at Buffalo (SUNY). From their investigation of blogs, they managed to somehow find the locations of these bloggers (e.g. based on the weather information on their blogs). I think this was where Prof. Halavais first learnt how New York City accounts for the most hyperlinks going in and out of any location, even for international hyperlinks. You can download the paper freely at:

Singapore Bloglocator (by EducateWandie)
Singapore Bloglocator Map
Finally, it only makes sense to highlight Educate Wandie’s “Singapore Bloglocator”, which allows Singaporean bloggers to mark where they blog from. The marker can also be dragged to the desired location and rollovers reveal the blog name, URL, as well as the latest post through its RSS feed. Being a much smaller country than the North America, it’s not too hard to see that everyone’s pretty spread out across our small island. Check it out in action at:

5 thoughts on “Visual Maps of the Blogosphere

  1. Part of the reason for leaving the comment was to let you know I’m out here somwhere, one of your 23 RSS readers, now semi-faint from the smell of a brownie baking.

  2. Hahaha… excellent Siva. Yeah, one of the disadvantages of RSS newsreaders is that bloggers have a harder time tracking who is reading what. Even that feedburner count is not accurate since it only account for people who subscribe via Feedburner, and not the other rss protocols like RSS 1 or 2 or even Atom feeds. Also, let not forget the inability to read comments in the feed. I wonder if there is a way to mash posts and comments together in a feed.

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