Google Zeitgeist reveals search patterns and trends

Posted on August 16, 2005 in Google

Google Zeitgeist is a useful sight which illustrates Google search patterns and trends over time. As a blogger I find it useful because it let’s me know what people are looking for and hence provides me with ideas for potential discussion topics.

According to Zeitgeist can be interpreted as follows:

The spirit of the time; the taste and outlook characteristic of a period or generation.

The Google Zeitgeist site states that pulling together interesting search trends and patterns requires Google’s human and computing power together. Search statistics are automatically generated based on the millions of searches conducted on Google over a given period of time - weekly, monthly, and annually. With some help from humans, and a pigeon or two when they have time, these statistics and trends make their way from the depths of Google’s hard drives to become the Google Zeitgeist report.

We should note that in compiling the Zeitgeist, no individual searcher’s information is available or accessible to us. What you see here is a cumulative snapshot of interesting queries people are asking – some over time, some within country domains, and some on – that perhaps reveal a bit of the human condition. We appreciate the contribution all Google users make to these fascinating bits of information.

Popular Google searches for June 2005 are illustrated below.

Popular Google searches for June 2005

You can also see popular Google searches by country for a particular month as well as subscribe to a Google Zeitgeist RSS feed.

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