10 Revealing Infographics about the Web

Sep 20 2009 by Jacob Gube | 46 Comments

The use of graphics as a tool for educating viewers is a great approach to sharing information. It’s an effective way of composing otherwise boring information and data into an easy-to-consume and fascinating way.

In this article, you’ll discover a variety of infographics and visualizations associated with the internet. You might just learn a thing or two about the web by looking at these awesome artworks!

Click on the image to go to the larger version of each graphic.

1. Web Trend Map is a graphical representation of the top domains and personalities on the web. It maps websites and notable persons onto the Tokyo subway system as train stations with their popularity and success represented by their position and size.

Web Trend Map

2. Who Participates and What People Are Doing Online is an infographic by BusinessWeek that shows who’s online and what they’re doing. The graphic reveals that the most popular demographic on the internet include persons between the ages of 18-26.

Who Participates and What People Are Doing Online

3. Internet Traffic shows the sources of internet activity in 2008. It illustrates that China, constituting 17% of the world’s web users, is the largest source of traffic, with the United States as the second (this may change in 2012 based on growth projections).

Internet Traffic

4. Online Communities is a satirical portrayal of the communities you can find online, published in xkcd. Communities are represented as countries, with their membership size denoted by how big its country is. Take this information with a grain of salt!

Online Communities

5. Information creation and circulation before and after Twitter reveals how information dissemination is changing with the advent of Twitter, which breaks news and events almost instantaneously, versus up to 2 hours for more conventional news sources.

Information creation and circulation before and after Twitter

Information creation and circulation before and after Twitter

6. World Map of Social Networks depicts the most used social networking site of each country based on data gathered from Alexa and Google Trends. Facebook is the most popular in the U.S. while Orkut (by Google) is the most prevalent in Brazil.

World Map of Social Networks

7. The Life Cycle of a Blog Post is an interactive graphical flowchart on Wired that demonstrates the pathways of how a blog post makes its way from the blogger to the reader, and the intermediary stops along the way.

The Life Cycle of a Blog Post

8. Repetitive Website Intros Examined exposes how the design industry tends to stick to prevailing trends by presenting data on overused keywords, readability and other tidbits of incriminating numbers in website introductions based on the sites on this article.

Repetitive Website Intros Examined

9. Mobile Web 2.0 is a PDF on Stanford’s site that charts development and usage trends concerning the convergence of Web 2.0 applications and mobile devices, showing a timeline between 1980 to 2010 and important events in the Mobile Web 2.0 evolution.

Mobile Web 2.0

10. Submarine cables is a map of underwater cable systems around the world, uncovering how much the internet has grown to the point that it warrants a vast quantity of cable systems (98 of them to be exact), and expansion of 28 more of such systems by 2011.

Submarine cables

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About the Author

Jacob Gube is the Founder and Chief Editor of Six Revisions. He’s also a web developer/designer who specializes in distance-learning education, front-end development, and web accessibility. If you’d like to connect with him, head on over to the contact page and follow him on Twitter: @sixrevisions.



September 20th, 2009

awesome post, thanks much!


September 20th, 2009

Interesting. Thank you. PS: the first image of #5 is linking to the wrong large image.


September 20th, 2009

Fantastic visualizations, thanks for sharing!


September 20th, 2009

Great list!

I’m particularly fond of the underwater cable one.

Ivo Krastev

September 20th, 2009

Interesting way to see the industry. Thank you very much!

Issa Qandil

September 20th, 2009

Very impressive.

Thanks for sharing!


September 20th, 2009

I wonder why my country is blank on the map number 6, together with Afganistan and Iraq. Then again, we don’t exist on Yahoo’s sites either, and places such as Sandwich Islands do. Charming.:(

Great post, Jacob, the above’s just my little rambling. I’m surprised Janko didn’t notice it, too.


September 20th, 2009

the full size on number 8 isn’t workinggg.


September 20th, 2009

In the first image (the web trend map), the identity tube doesn’t pass through myspace, this should probably be fixed.

Renne Roux

September 20th, 2009

I just love the Map of Online Communities so much I want to hang it on my wall


September 20th, 2009

Hey, the link for the “Before twitter” image isn’t working. Otherwise awesome list.


September 20th, 2009

I love the infographic from Businessweek. It really puts things in perspective in an easy-to-read way.

Richard Chapman

September 20th, 2009

I went through my Thesaurus Rex and found no words I felt were suitable that have not previously been used. There should be a Nobel Prize awarded for the type work you’ve done here and you should get it.


September 20th, 2009

This is a fantastic conglomerate of infograpahics on the internet – well done! There are some on here I’ve been looking for, for months now. Cheers!

David Ramirez

September 21st, 2009

Very interesting !


September 21st, 2009

really amazing stuff with such a great information.


September 21st, 2009

Nice post, I like those kind of illustrations
thanks @kaedron for the tip

the map, dating 2007 is to be updated though !

Ray Pettersson

September 21st, 2009

Awesome post! I really believe that great websites can be created using the infographics concept of presenting information. I will definitely use this as a source of inspiration my next project! Thanks!


September 21st, 2009

A nice collection, but it’s a shame a few of the examples are a couple of years out of date

Web 2.0

September 21st, 2009

I liked especially third one with the Internet Traffic, great :)

James Spratt

September 21st, 2009

Nice one, thank you for this. Love me a bit of infographics.

Dan Perry

September 21st, 2009

Wow is this impressive. #5 was the most interesting to me (pre and post Twitter). Just amazing.

Matt Visser

September 21st, 2009

Really cool post, or maybe I’m just in love with infographics..either way, I’m happy, thanks!


September 21st, 2009

I love graphics like this.

The facts are so interesting and to see them presented so beautifully makes consuming them so much easier!

Mary Jo Martin

September 21st, 2009

Edward Tufte would love this (see “The Visual Display of Quantitative Information”).


September 21st, 2009

Incredibly timely and very informative. Blessings upon you, brother.

Sase Antic

September 21st, 2009

Very useful info. Thanks!


September 22nd, 2009

thanks this is a good article :D


September 22nd, 2009

Cool a great post, six revision you are the best :D


September 23rd, 2009

Great work mate!!!

Doug Kessler

September 24th, 2009

Fantastic post — a great list of infographics.
Love #5: Twitter as fastest news source…

Maquina Studio

September 24th, 2009

nice! as a web designer it’s always important to be in the know and these infographics are a nice way to visualize pertinent information.


September 24th, 2009

@SynthDark I think that image is an old representation. There are a few sites that have gone up and down since, such as facebook in place of myspace.

Josefo Manu

September 25th, 2009

Excellent… I trust its accurate

Mike Manning

December 21st, 2009

Thanks for posting- its great to have these all in one place. If pics are worth 1,000 words, these have to be worth 1 million.


March 1st, 2010

Those graphs are awesome!


April 2nd, 2010

Its a Fantastic post !


April 9th, 2010

Great Article, I think I will read it once more later.
The way of explanation is great……


April 10th, 2010

I want to express my admiration of your writing skill and ability to make
reader to read the while thing to the end.


September 10th, 2010

Very nice images, I LOVE especially the first one!


February 21st, 2011

LOL! My favourite has gotta be the world map. Especially the ‘Do not use to navigate’ note in the corner – brightened up my monday morning for sure, thanks guys! L.

Marijose Zavala

May 11th, 2011

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August 26th, 2011

I find this infographics very interesting. I think that I will make an article on my website about them.

Ed Cox

September 20th, 2011

Inspired by this post, we’ve created an informational video encouraging charities and not-for-profits to use the Internet to reach more people and get better results.

We’ve even linked back to this post in the first chapter. CHeck it out at http://www.reasondigital.com/getinspired/ and let us know what you think.

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