Google's World Cup War Room is the place where people are doing your dream job. It's a large, open loft with a team of about 20 designers, writers, translators, and data scientists nestled inside. This small army works around the clock to power the 2014 Google Trends World Cup hub, which identifies search patterns — in real time — and publishes them to the web with original illustrations and unique insights. Basically, they get to watch the World Cup all day, every day . . . because it's their job.
"Trends" are the packaged cards you see on the World Cup hub's front page. Sometimes it takes as little as 20 minutes to get a trend up live! We watched the team at work during the devastating Brazil vs. Germany game, in which the Germans steamrolled the home team with a final score of 7 to 1.
Seeing it all come together was a stark reminder of how most of the Internet is still actually run by real humans, not robots. Scroll down for a fascinating replay of what happens when Google watches the World Cup.
Photo: Lisette Mejia