I’ve always been curious about what search terms are most popular on Google, and while exploring different avenues for ascertaining that snippet of information, I bumped into the way cool Google zeitgeist page. Well worth visiting, it contains such fascinating snippets as the top ten gaining queries, top ten declining queries, queries by operating system (who’d have thought that Win 98 would still be so popular?), and much more of interest.
What I find most interesting is the gaining queries list, which, for the week ending July 28th, is:
- lance armstrong
- bob hope
- angelina jolie
- eiffel tower (an odd one on this list, somehow)
- jessica lynch
- katelyn faber
- othniel askew
- tom leykis
- marie trintignant
Of course, I have no idea who the last five entries are, but presume that they’re TV celebrities or similar? It’s also quite a testiment to modern society – to the zeitgeist, if you will – that “Harry Potter” was a more common search at Google News than either Iraq or Monkeypox. The other searches aren’t too much of a surprise on the news site: clay aiken, laci peterson, martha stewart, david beckham, prince william, peoplesoft (must be a lot of nervous shareholders out there), and miss universe.
Anyway, check it out! Very interesting stuff. Google’s Zeitgeist page.
Eiffel tower is in the top 10 because there was a fire on the 22nd.
Ahhh…. very interesting. A steel structure (originally built for the International Exhibition of Paris of 1889, it was the tallest structure in the world until 1930) and there’s still a fire hazard!
btw, there’s a very good history site about the Eiffel Tower at http://www.paris.org/Monuments/Eiffel/
Jessica Lynch – POW rescued from Iraq, who came home recently
Katelyn Faber – Either raped by, or regrets having sexual relations with, Kobe Bryant
Othniel Askew – politician who shot and killed NYC councilman James E Davis
Tom Leykis – radio shock jock who got pulled off the air in canada for offering to donate $100,000 charity for signing a local anchorwoman’s breasts.
Marie Trintignant – French actress who passed away
I’m not a VIP just a regular person.
Would you please pass this along to Angelina Jolie.
Hello Angelina Jolie
I’m not too much into films or TV but I’ve heard impressive things about you with respect to caring about people especially children. I’m pretty much the same way.
My concern is that there are just too many humans on the planet and I don’t believe anything currently being done is going to solve the problem. The basic plan is to reduce the human population in half over the next 50 years by reallocating conspicuous consumption and military spending to early childhood development. I do need assistance in implementing it so I would appreciate the opportunity to explain the concept.
Bill, I’ll do my best to ensure that Jolie gets this message, but I’m not optimistic about your chances for success.