Making it easier to stay on top of the information pile, the Official Google Blog announced big updates to Google Trends. Not only does the tool have a new homepage, real-time data is now available for those of us looking for the latest and greatest. Google News and YouTube data are also now being tracked. With more data, Trends now gives us an even more accurate picture of the rise and fall of a story.
The update is also aimed to make Google Trends more relevant for reporting during major events, such as sports games and elections. For those of us just trying to stay ahead of the steep virality curve, Trends will be a quick way of checking real-time interest.