Tina Lewis Rowe

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Your Favorite Website As A Dynamic Graph. (You’re Going To Love Me For This!)

If your favorite website looked like an exotic space flower!

 This is so much fun! I found a wonderful site that will create a graphic image to depict almost any website. It is based on the quantity of links, tables and images, as well as the format of the text.  It makes me want to do a few things just to make a more visually interesting graph–whether or not it adds value the material!

All of the examples I will give you here open in new windows, so you do not have to worry about navigating back and forth. To see my site, click here. Blue Moose Photography doesn’t have as many violet dots as I expected, but it’s pretty! You can see it here. To see my friend Jeff Adam’s site, click here. Judith Free’s site looks like this. Pastor Bulldog’s site looks like this. Celeste Bumpus, who writes about nutrition, has this graph. One of my favorites is the City and County of Denver site. Check out New York City and the lovely yellow flower that rapidly unfurls, by clicking here. Finally, you can look at the Washington, DC website graph by clicking here.

What do the colors mean?
: for links
red: for tables
green: for divisions within the site
violet: for images
yellow: for forms
orange: for linebreaks and blockquotes
black: the HTML tag, the root node
gray: all other tags

In the future, you will notice many more links, tables, divisions, images, forms, and blockquotes on this site. Be prepared!

Do you want to see your favorite website or blog as a dynamic graph? Go to this great site and follow the instructions. Click here.  Don’t you love it?

Application in your life: Everyone you work with, everyone you know and everyone you meet, would look like one of those exotic flowers if you could see them in that way.  When you consider your own life, you know how complex it is, with all the links, images, linebreaks and data that make you what you are. The lives of others are the same. Just for the interest of it, think about your life and the lives of others as graphs much like these, and consider how amazing some of those might be.

Another application: Most of us could benefit by linking more, adding more images and developing our lives to be more colorful and interesting. For example, the yellow dots are for forms that allow input and questions from users. Maybe we should all try to get more input! And, did you notice how some of the graphs seem to keep growing and going as you watch? Like, for example, Amazon? Those are content-rich sites–a good goal for each of us!

June 3rd, 2008 Posted by | Life and Work, Training, Technology, Blogs, A/V etc. | 3 comments


  1. Ooooooooohhhhh! How cool! Where do you come up with these things? Thank you so much! D.

    Comment by denisek | June 3, 2008

  2. New York City? Pshaw! Los Angeles makes them look dull! I don’t want to get marked as spam, so I will give you that URL in a different format. It’s http www then, ci dot la dot ca dot us. Everything you would expect a great city like L.A. to have in a graphic image.

    I like this site a lot and hope you keep going with it for a long time. Roger Carter

    Comment by L.A. Fan | June 4, 2008

  3. Two responses:
    1. Thanks Denise, but we know that you’re easily impressed! 🙂

    2. Thank you, Roger, for the information on Los Angeles! You’re right, it’s a gorgeous site and sight! At least in this format! For those who are wondering about it, it’s http://www.ci.la.ca.us.

    As for whether I will keep going with this website…I plan to continue until…well, until. However, it is a lot of work, as you can imagine. I enjoy it though, and hope others do to. Sometimes I feel like my thoughts go out into the Ethernet, never to be noticed! So, thanks for the comment! T.

    Comment by Tina | June 4, 2008

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