Something like this has apparently been a fixture on Google’s campus for some time now, but today, it released it to the masses: Search Globe is a WebGL-based data visualizing tool that allows users to see and interact with a map of Google queries worldwide.
The Search Globe visualizes searches from one day, and shows the language of the majority of queries in an area in different colors. You’ll see a bright landscape of queries across Europe, and parts of Asia for instance, but unfortunately we see many fewer searches from parts of the world lacking Internet access—and often electricity as well—like Africa. We hope that as the Internet continues to become more accessible over time and people continue to ask questions, we’ll see this globe shine brightly everywhere.
Google has open-sourced Search Globe, so expect to see developers tinkering with its code as a means to display their data if it catches on.
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