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Find out What’s Hot with YouTube Trends

Most of us are impatient creatures. We want to know what’s happening, where it’s happening – right when it’s happening. New YouTube videos are no exception to these rules. We crave the hottest content and we are pretty ticked off when we miss out. How much do you hate seeing the newest fad a day after all of your network has already replayed it a dozen times? YouTube has an answer for you – Trends.

YouTube Trends, put simply, is a destination for daily insight into the zeitgeist of the world’s largest video site. With the new service, you’ll find algorithmically-generated feeds that highlight trending videos and topics. On the home page, you’ll receive a twice-daily collection of videos called “4 at 4” drawn from those feeds and from top video curation sites around the web. You’ll find a blog with more in-depth and contextual explorations of videos, trends, and cultural phenomenon as seen through the lens of YouTube, using YouTube’s own internal data. Last – but certainly not least – you’ll find a brand new dashboard that allows you to quickly explore what’s popular in different cities in the United States and in countries around the world, as well as within specific demographic sets.

According to the official announcement on the YouTube blog: “We see YouTube as a way to not just be entertained and informed, but also as place that can help us understand more about the world we live in and the people we live in it with. And that’s what YouTube Trends is all about.”

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Family Technology Trends

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The family that gets geeky together stays together. That’s how the saying goes, isn’t it? It doesn’t matter, I suppose. I happen to know that it’s very true.

My parents – Joe and Judy Pirillo – and my brother Adam were all here to help with the Gnomedex conference. While hanging around at the house late one night after the event had ended for the day, I noticed that everyone was playing with some type of gadget.

Here you see Dad shooting things on the iPad while Mom is griping at a game on her iPod Touch. Adam, of course, couldn’t resist stepping in to help Dad get his game on.

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The #2 Twitter Trend

I wasn’t expecting to do much more than build the LEGO Death Star yesterday, but when I awoke to find 750 people watching the live stream… I knew I was in for a great birthday. Indeed, it was the happiest birthday I’ve had in quite a long time.

I was eating my faux Lucky Charms (the Target-brand variety, which contains a million more marshmallows) and told the chat room that the only thing I wanted for my birthday was to be a trend on Twitter. Didn’t take long before that wish started to come true. After my initial tweet, I pushed a couple more times and then…

The #2 Twitter Trend

We made it all the way to #2! Not bad, even on a Sunday morning – considering we were competing against Harry Potter, the Tour de France, and Comic-Con. Throughout the day, I continued to check my Twitter replies – and despite having to wade through quite a few tag spammers, found hundreds (if not thousands) of friends tweeting their happy birthday wishes.

I am very lucky to have the friends that I do – both online and IRL. Mona planned for and made some amazing Japanese treats, Michelle rocked my socks off with the best ribs I’d ever had, Ellen gave me cupcakes and copy of Coraline, and Traci sang “happy birthday” to me over the phone. My family also called from Iowa and didn’t realize they were saying hello to me in front of 1,300 viewers!

All things considered, it was a pretty happy birthday. Thank you for participating!