For some reason I haven’t heard of much hype surrounding Google Trends. I actually stumbled across it by complete accident. It’s basically a Google search engine that compares the popularity of any number of search terms (separated by commas… democrat, republican, etc.). It then outputs statistics and graphs based on both the search term popularity and the term’s Google News popularity over the last few years. Google Trends also tracks the traced locations of all originating IP addresses that searched for the terms in question. This allows it to display a top 10 list of the most popular geographical locations that are searching for any given term. Google does it again… yet another badass web application!
Here’s what I learned on Google Trends:
New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox vs. Florida Marlins – While the New York Yankees seem to have a very slight popularity edge overall, people actually living in and around Boston show a greater concentrated percentage of interest in their Boston Red Sox than the rivaling New Yorkers do in their beloved Yankees. Oh, and Floridian’s don’t give a crap about baseball.
NFL vs. NBA vs. MLB vs. NHL vs. NASCAR – As far as American sports are concerned, football is by far the most popular sport.
Myspace.com Obsession – Californians are obsessed with myspace.com. It looks like Floridians come in second place… and look at that, Orlando is seventh overall. Oddly enough, Florida and California are two of the few states that permit people to enjoy the outdoors 365 days a year, but instead they choose to be plugged into a virtual space.
Green Day is global – As famous as Green Day is in the United States, their popularity on the Internet is dominated by foreign countries. These guys have taken over the world…
Beef vs. Chicken – The endless question at dinner time: Beef or chicken? Apparently more people fall in the direction of chicken these days.
Bill Clinton vs. George W. Bush – Six years after leaving office, if Bill Clinton could run for President again… based on popularity alone, he’d blow George W. Bush out of the water.
Newspapers vs. Blogs – Newspapers are on the way out and blogs are on the rise. It’s only a matter of time before newspapers become obsolete.
Today vs. Tomorrow – Far more people are concerned with today, rather than tomorrow.
Bill Gates vs. Oprah vs. God. vs. Google – Oprah is bigger than Bill Gates. God is bigger than Oprah. Google is bigger than God.
Marc vs. Angel – Marc doesn’t stand a chance versus Angel.