Where do my electrons go?

Ever wonder how far the electrons have to travel each time you request a web address? The internet works via many hops and jumps, and now there’s a cool geo-tool to tell you just how wasteful and inefficient our internet really is.

It’s called YouGetSignal. Go try the proxy trace and see the route your electrons take from your computer to Google (or whatever site you frequent). It’s naturally a little convoluted because in order for the program to read the traceroute, it’s got to go through dreamhost, but still, it gives you a great visual picture of how many hops your electrons have to take every day.

My hubby sent me this–thanks, dear!

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