I’m not sure if what we need as a nation right now is more YouTube, but the world’s largest video site has now made it easier to be on the forefront of a viral trend. Whereas we used to have to wait for our friends to tell us about a must-see clip, YouTube Trends is now there to help us be the ones to break the news. It’s a search tool/blog that helps you find videos that are just beginning to trend, and a nice list of specifications let you search within certain demographics and geographic locations.
The launch of the Trends Dashboard coincides with a new blog from YouTube on the same theme. The blog is being called “a destination for daily insight into the zeitgeist of the world’s largest video site.” The blog does all the Trends Dashboard work for you, delivering a package of trending clips in an “easy to digest format.” 35 hours of video get uploaded to YouTube every minute, so depending on your investigative tendencies, the Trends blog might just be perfect.
But the Dashboard is certainly worth checking out as well. You can browse or compare, and the findings are quite interesting more often than not. Whether it’s music or sports, what we watch depending on location and age differs more than you might have guessed. Trends will deliver “4 at 4,” meaning four of the trendiest videos at 4 a.m. And 4 p.m. With that kind of content stream, and everything else Trends puts at your finger tips, we might not need to leave YouTube ever again, for better or worse.