Bitcoin, the global, digital crypto-currency that is independent of any central banking authority, has spread like wildfire around the world.
It is becoming apparent that Bitcoin is starting to be accepted as a popular form of payment for big US-based sites like Amazon, OkCupid and WordPress.
Forbes recently reported that across the Pacific Ocean, China’s web giant Baidu announced that they would start accepting Bitcoin payments for its firewall security service. Bitcoin demand has been growing rapidly in China in recent months, according to Wired.
As Bitcoin use grows, it is possible — and fascinating — to track where in the world Bitcoin is becoming popular.
That is exactly what John Nelson, a data visualization expert and cartographer at IDV Solutions, decided to do with his map “The United Nations Of Bitcoin,” which maps bitcoin client software downloads since 2008 around the world and breaks them down by different operating systems.
The dots each represent an individual download and therefore correlate with Internet users around the world.
The map below also shows the number of Bitcoin downloads relative to a country’s overall population size, with Canada, the USA, Northern Europe and Australia seeing the highest penetration.
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