Visualizing Google News

Marcos Weskamp announced on his blog yesterday a new application called newsmap, which displays the constantly changing panorama of Google’s News Aggregator (across countries too). [IMHO: This is probably one of the most useful applications in flash I have yet to see.]

Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. A treemap visualization algorithm helps display the enormous amount of information gathered by the aggregator. Treemaps are traditionally space-constrained visualizations of information. Newsmap’s objective takes that goal a step further and provides a tool to divide information into quickly recognizable bands which, when presented together, reveal underlying patterns in news reporting across cultures and within news segments in constant change around the globe.”