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We were asked to design some visualizations of the live activity flowing through the access enabled by LogMeIn, who provide the ability for one computer to log into another, anywhere on the globe. It turns out that they provide a lot of connections, with numbers upwards of 2k/ minute cropping up all the time, all over the planet. You can see what a truly global communication network looks like in real time in the map we made for LogMein, linked from the map images above and below.

We also put together a more abstract visualization, from the point of view of the connections themselves—as opposed to the map, which is from the point of view of the globe. In this view, 3 kinds of connections are broken out: those taking place within a local municipality like a city, those taking place within a single country, and those happening internationally.

Each of the locations can access the most interesting photos on flickr for that place, further emphasizing the widely disparate locations that LogMeIn is enabling connections between.

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