Google has a new website which is collected using search data and constructed by its news lab, working together with Xaquin G.V who is an interactive visual data journalist. The site uses data related searches made by users about “How To” do things, which depicts a huge amount of activity on Google.
Xaquin explains that his own searches were his motivation that originated from a general lack of handiness around the house. “ I sympathize – I spend a lot of time on Google trying to figure out how to do relatively basic things like fix a toilet pump or wire a doorbell ”.
The new site was planned by Xaquin working with Google and its Trends tools permit users to enter whatever country they want into a field to see what the top “how to” searches are for their region. The relative popularity of things around the house people search to fix are represented by larger or smaller graphics in a household scene – in Canada. Say, for instance, it turns out doors are really commonly searched for, as well as fridges and toilets.
The essay also investigates the top 100 ‘How To’ searches made globally to see what people generally needed to be supported with, and those results are very informative. Xaquin broke them down into categories, with visual representations of how popular each is.
People want to know how to make pancakes, make money, lose weight and boil eggs. People really want to know how to kiss, get pregnant, and tie a tie. And if you’re actually curious about how to do those things, too, you can click through on any result graphic to be taken to the actual Google results.
The site is responsively planned and looks great on mobile. Google News Lab Data Editor Simon Rogers informed that a target on mobile performance is a priority for the study in visual storytelling, informs how much of the audience access via mobile devices.
Rogers also said that projects like this help Google examine what its data might be able to do in terms of telling stories and fueling interesting developments in data journalism.