Mapping IPVM Members from 100+ CountriesBy John Honovich, Published Apr 11, 2014, 12:00am EDT
This map shows the locations of IPVM PRO members throughout the world.
The map is based on member logins to the IPVM site.
One of the great things about the Internet is how it enables global impact. Of course, in our industry, publications are typically concentrated / limited to a single continent only so it is a testament to what and how we cover that so many people around the world pay for IPVM.
Indeed, despite us being a US based company, 75% of the top cities visting IPVM are from outside the US.
We are going to use this to better customize our communication with members. For example, updates specific to certain regions, surveys about an area, news on events in specific location, etc. Additionally, we are looking at sending out newsletters at each member's local time so they are more likely to see it / not get it while they are asleep.
How This Was Measured
For the techically inclined, we measured this by collecting IP addresses of member logins, looking up the location associated with each IP and then mapping those locations on a map. We used the Ruby Geocoder, the MapQuest API and a Google Fusion Table. On a simpler level, you can find the location of your own IP address by looking up your own IP's location online.
Some limitations exist. Not every IP address is matched up to a specific city or precise area. For instance, the red dot in the middle of Siberia above. The geolocator evidently lacks precise locations within Russia and so simply picks a point in the center of the country. Likewise, in many countries, like Taiwan, a few dots are only shown for the entire country, with dozens of member logins all mapped to a spot, despite there being hundreds of Members. All in all, the geographic mapping provides a good overview of physical locations / diversity.
One of IPVM's key areas of development is to better cover the world outside of North America. While it is great to see so many Members globally taking advantage of our core research and testing, we do want to further improve out service for the global community. If you have any ideas, feel free to share.
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