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Google launches YouTube Trends Map

Google has launched an interactive map named as YouTube Trends Map which shows the most popular videos across the United States. You can sort the map based on gender, age group and the number of shares or views.

The interface is rather basic for now, but it is a great way of seeing how viral videos are shared and received by different markets. The map shows a number of small thumbnail images, which correspond to a video list down the left-hand side of the webpage.

Rolling over the thumbnail on the sidebar reveals some additional information, including the number of regions where it is ranked “top” across America, as well as a link to view the original video on YouTube. Hovering over the image will also dim the map on the left-hand side so that users can see where it’s most popular.

The map feature is an extension of the YouTube Trends dashboard, which also lets users search for popular videos by age, gender and location (though not overlaid on a map.) It is currently only available for the U.S. The YouTube Trends Map is set to show results from both genders and all ages by default, but this can be changed using the various buttons accessible from the toolbar.

The map shows popular videos based on the number of shares by users, but this can also be changed to show data based on total views. There’s also number of bar graphs underneath the map that convey the popularity of certain videos based on particular demographics.

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