by das monde
Thu Nov 22nd, 2007 at 01:52:43 AM EST
Let's catch a wave of blogosphere interest in the Google feature that allows to track and compare frequency of various keywords in Google searches. The particular graph that is being keenly copied is the comparison of the searches for "turkey" and "diet":
So, American people look for "turkey" at around this time, and then again (a smaller peak) for Christmas, and after the New Year party they look for "diet". You can graphically appreciate the inevitability. Searches for hangover peak sharply at around New Year as well, surely enough.
You can play a lot with word combinations. Following blog links, you can find
Pokemon vs US presidential candidates,
depression vs rain & umbrella,
love vs sex,
fishing vs hunting,
snow vs fireworks,
four seasons comparisons.
Google search trends can gauge people interest in various issues, can't they? So let's try the subjects that interest us most.
The interest in globalization and capitalism is very seasonal:
Clearly, summer and Christmas holidays must be reducing scholarly interest a lot.
This is confirmed by the climate and global warming graph:
Oh yeah, let's compare terrorism and global warming worries, which is a more genuine concern?
Sustainability and peak oil (B+R) are somewhat lesser concerns:
Also check the air travel vs oil price superposition.
Is financial crisis coming? Check real estate, financial, market, and Black Friday (BRYG):
What can you find? Did you know that Americans are fascinated by France? Find something more remarkable than
google vs yahoo,
oil vs gold,
euro vs dollar,
Netherlands vs Holland
Sorry if I'll spoil your day or weekend ;-)