Supermassive Collage of Internet Favicons is Massively Awesome

Internet security site nmap.org released this amazing collage of favicons (the little icons that appear in the URL bar of your web-browser) in one huge image. What they basically did was that they scoured the entire interwebs, picking up the top sites and their relevant favicons and putting it all together in one huge site. In their own words:-

A large-scale scan of the top million web sites (per Alexa traffic data) was performed in early 2010 using the Nmap Security Scanner and its scripting engine. As seen in the New York Times, Slashdot,Gizmodo, Engadget, and Telegraph.co.uk

We retrieved each site’s icon by first parsing the HTML for a link tag and then falling back to /favicon.ico if that failed. 328,427 unique icons were collected, of which 288,945 were proper images. The remaining 39,482 were error strings and other non-image files. Our original goal was just to improve our http-favicon.nse script, but we had enough fun browsing so many icons that we used them to create the visualization below.

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And whad’ya know? Techie-Buzz is in this image too!

techiebuzzicon

Pretty sweet eh? Thanks to urlesque.

One thought on “Supermassive Collage of Internet Favicons is Massively Awesome”

  1. That’s pretty cool. I like that they have the option to find a site’s favicon. I was just disappointed how small our site’s favicon is. I guess we need to do more working increasing traffic and our alexa ranking should go up.

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