Despite the cool self-driving cars and the Borg-like wearable tech like Glass, Google's bread and butter is pure data. If you visit the company's campus you'll see various innovative visualizations of the real-time data Google collects, and now the company is sharing some of that data crunching fun with the public.
Google has just unveiled the YouTube Trends Map, a visualization of the most popular videos being viewed and shared overlaid on top of a map of the United States. The map covers activity for viewings over the last 12 to 24 hours and includes demographic delineations such as age and gender. So if, for example, you want to know what the most popular videos are among 25-35 year olds in North Dakota, that information is now just a click away.
The map also ranks the overall most popular videos across all groups and includes data on how many regions that video is popular in. At present, the YouTube Trends Map is only an experimental product targeted toward the U.S., so for now you'll have to wait to see the visualizations of what trending videos teenagers in Beijing and Berlin are currently obsessing over.