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.