YouTube Trends Map shows most popular videos across U.S.

A new tool tracks the most watched YouTube videos in real time. Videos can be filtered via highest number of views or shares, as well as by gender and age of viewers.

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

You can now compare your taste in YouTube videos with the rest of America.

Unveiled on Tuesday, the new YouTube Trends Maps displays a graphic of the United States showing which videos are the most popular in specific areas of the country. Hovering over different regions displays a thumbnail of the hottest video being watched. You can click on the link in the thumbnail to catch the video yourself.

The Trends Map can break down the trends based on various factors.

You can view the most popular videos based on the number of shares or the number of views. You can filter the results by gender and/or age range. A video list shows the number of views per video. And a series of bar graphs reveal the percentage of YouTube users checking out the top videos.

The data is compiled and displayed in real time, though YouTube says that videos uploaded within 48 hours may not yet appear with age or gender breakdowns.

The Trends Map is based on user response to YouTube's Trends Dashboard, another tool for discovering videos. The new map is only available in the U.S. right now, but YouTube suggests that people "stay tuned for updates."

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.


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