Google released a new tool named Search Globe, “a new visual display representing one day of Google searches around the world—visualizing the curiosity of people around the globe.”
Search Globe is a browser-based tool. With this tool, users can see various parts of the world one day, and what searching keywords.
“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.”
— from Official Google blog
This tool is the application of Google data WebGL arts, and its back-end technology uses a user’s computer hardware to quickly draw 3D graphics. For using this tool, users must use a browser that supports WebGL, such as Google Chrome.
Google have also open sourced WebGL Globe’s (see here), developers can use their own data to develop their own services.