Wednesday, May 10, 2006

 

Google Trends

Released today in Google Labs, Google Trends allows you to get graphs of search and news volume over time for keywords you provide. (Its thus a great complement to the Google zeitgeist, which shows whats hot over a short period of time).

If you provide multiple keywords, separated by commas, then the graphs are overlayed, so you can compare them. The graphs also have little lettered marker flags, which correspond to particular news stories, so you can sometimes see the reason for a particular peak in the searching. The graphs carry no scale, so you can't see absolute numbers, just trends over time, or in comparison to another keyword.

There are a few interesting examples provided
and a few of my own examples

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