As if watching YouTube weren't enough of a distraction, you can now track exactly what everyone else is watching on YouTube. Earlier this week the video site launched the YouTube Trends Maps — a geographic display of who's watching what in cities across the United States.
The Trends Map displays viewing and sharing behavior among registered users on the YouTube Dashboard within the past 12-to-24 hours. YouTube says it surveyed only those U.S. metropolitan regions large enough to return reliable results during this period. A quick count of the map shows roughly 150 cities in all.
The data can be filtered in several ways: by gender, by seven different age groups, or by type. (The latter divides video activity into "views" and "shares," though presumably anything shared was first viewed.)