Friday, April 2, 2010

It's a Small World

Having monitored this blog for a year, Google's analytical tools reports that I have hits from a very large percentage of the world's countries.

The map is a little deceptive, because it's grouped by countries. My hits from Russia, for instance, were entirely in the densely populated western end, with nothing east of Moscow. Some countries only provided hits from one particular city, while others had reach all over.
I am amazed that I have hits from every continent. Sure, Africa's a little light, but no continent goes unrepresented, with the possible exception of Antarctica, which has no permanent residents anyway. Quite a few of these hits came only once, stayed for only a few seconds, and then left, but wow was the entire world listening.
Some of the absences are obvious. North Korea, for instance, has few operating computers, a sporadically functioning power grid, regards my country as their mortal enemy, and cares not about the opinions of outsiders. Others, less so. Central Africa and Asia, for instance, are strange little holes.
Looking forward to another year of crazy inventions and rants.


Pawl Bearing said...

It's a pity that in this flat map, greenland is not associated with Denmark as then you'd hardly have any white speces left.

themadengineer said...

Greenland is less physically impressive than it seems on this map. It's actually the same size as Mexico, but since it's near the poles, the Mercador projection that this map uses stretches it until it looks like it's the size of Africa.
Wikipedia reports that it has 57,600 people, mostly of the various Inuit tribes native to the area, (with some Danish ancestory, since the two populations mixed fairly extensively in the past) and it reports that Greenland is almost defacto independent from Denmark, kind of how Canada used to be with the UK. (It sets it's own laws, but is dependent on Denmark for foreign relations and defense.)
The map is deceptive in that it tints entire countries, when often their hits were clustered around a single area. Take Norway. All hits from Norway came from one city, Trondeheim, in about the center of the country. The uniform tint suggests a more distributed reader base.
Many of these were one-hit wonders. One person would pop in, look for a few seconds, and depart for elsewhere on the web.
Some of the white-spaced areas may have little telecom or computers. Those that do, it may be extremely expensive, discouraging casual use.

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