When 1:1 was first created in 1999, the idea was to continuously search the
Web for Web sites and the aim was to eventually have the addresses to all
Web sites in the world in the database. It did not happen. It was a lot of work
keeping the crawlers searching the Web; numerous allegations of hacking
and an overloaded home network made the process tedious. The crawling
was stopped. In the winter of 2001 when the project was exhibited with the
Altoids' collection at the New Museum in NY, after a period of not being
exhibited, it became clear that the database was completely outdated. In the
fall of 2001 the crawlers were sent out again to update the database, but
they were not, as was originally intended, continuing to search where the last
ones left off. Instead they went back in the footsteps of the 1999 crawlers to
get a sample of Web addresses that could be compared with the first
database of addresses. In the comparison it was obvious that the Web was
not dead, as could have been inferred from all the outdated links in the first
database, it had moved.
In this interface, the comparison between the two databases is visualized. Each pixel location on the picture represents 255 IP addresses. The pixel in the top left corner represents the 255 addresses that start on 0.0.0 and the one in the lower right corner the ones that start on 255.255.255.
The blobs represent the IP addresses that the crawlers found to be connected to a Web site. The red blobs represent the 1999 database and the green represent the database that was created in 2001/2002. The size of a blob is determined by how many sites it represents. Since each pixel/blob location represents 255 addresses, each bloc represents between 1 and 255 addresses. The amount of sites is mapped to the blob on a logarithmic scale. The black brown color is an indication of clusters of sites that were there both in 1999 and in 2001/2.
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