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Google Reveals Popular Search Patterns

CmdrTaco posted more than 13 years ago | from the now-thats-interesting-stuff dept.

The Internet 266

danec writes "Google has finally put up a page showing off its popular searches. Called the Google Zeitgeist (meaning: the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era) it will be updated monthly, weekly or even daily as circumstances warrant." This is actually a lot more then just a "Top 10 List" and I hope they update it frequently. I especially like how they compare searches for related words (Aimster/Napster in this edition). It would be fun to do the same for politicians during elections, or movies competing for the same blockbuster release date. You can do fascinating stuff with the amount of data Google has.

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Re:Not Flamebait (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#104711)

It would be neither. It would instead be worrying because the database of searches would be so easy to crack into.

Re:Also see the Zeitgeist Archive... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#104712)

whore

Re:Striking! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#104713)

I wonder what people want to see about Jenna Bush

They want to see her bush.

News page (1)

Anarchofascist (4820) | more than 13 years ago | (#104718)

Now this is one page I'm going to add to my daily office-surfing schedule. Thanks Google!

Whatever happened to .. (1)

Monoman (8745) | more than 13 years ago | (#104721)

The Lycos java applet that would marquee-scroll current queries and let you click on them to see the results. This was about 4 years ago.

I loved watching those searches go by:
"Pamela and Anderson and Tommy and Lee and video"

I think it was the only java applet that didn't render my machine useless as it loaded.

Our beloved edonkey (1)

CodeMonky (10675) | more than 13 years ago | (#104723)

It looks like our beloved edonkey is on the list for most declining search. Everyone must go search for edonkey, it must top the list.

Re:Google Keywords? (1)

ethereal (13958) | more than 13 years ago | (#104727)

Those weren't keywords; it was just that a huge number of people had "evil empire" linked to Microsoft [microsoft.com] , and Google picked up on that.

Re:Who? What? Huh? (1)

Jethro73 (14686) | more than 13 years ago | (#104728)

I am thinking it is actually called "Loft Story"... Loft Story Homepage [loftstory.com] .

It seems that it is not uncommon to have English-named programs in foriegn countries. For some reason, it doesn't work the other way quite as well, though. I can't think of any foreign-titled shows in the U.S.

Jethro

Moderators: This is slightly off-topic, but I have removed my +1 posting bonus - consider this modded down...

Mispellet (1)

tsa (15680) | more than 13 years ago | (#104729)

I really like the `misspelled' section.

Re:The net has mature, finally. (1)

CDanek (34285) | more than 13 years ago | (#104740)

Even more literally, 'time ghost.' But german is a language of compound words which often mean more than the sum of their parts. It's loosely interpreted here as used in colloquial terms.

Feedback (1)

Betelgeuse (35904) | more than 13 years ago | (#104743)

This is actually very interesting. The question is if there will be feedback between this page and the main google page. I mean, will the top 10 declining queries be amung the top 10 gaining queries the next week? It seems that once people see this page, it will occur to them to do the searches on the page. It happened to me, anyway. So, in a way, this time is the only real, true, unpolluted sample.

Re:It would be nice (1)

Coward, Anonymous (55185) | more than 13 years ago | (#104747)

Some search engines, like excite [excite.com] do track what people click on, though I don't know if they make this information public. It certainly makes sense to record this info so that sites that get clicked on a lot for a particular search term can be moved up and those that are clicked on less often can be moved down.

Re:It would be nice (1)

vrt3 (62368) | more than 13 years ago | (#104749)

Then you must be using another version of Google than I do. When I search for Slashdot, this is the link I get:

slashdot.org [slashdot.org]

without any redirection whatsoever.

Re:Selbstverstandlich.. (1)

vrt3 (62368) | more than 13 years ago | (#104750)

Unfortunately there aren't many internationally famous words originating from my langauge (= Dutch)

There are more of these than you seem to think, especially in the marine terminology. Unfortunately, I can't think of any right now.

An example in an unrelated area is "mannequin", which is derived from old Dutch "mannekijn" ("manneke", "mannetje", little man).

I'm sure there are others, I just can't think of them now.

Re:Ongoing abuse of the German language? (1)

MauriceVineyard (63692) | more than 13 years ago | (#104752)

Notice how we define the word "Zeitgeist" in English as "the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era." So instead of saying the latter phrase, we can just steal a single word from Germany. If we could define the word "Zeitgeist" as "well, it means the same as 'flgrogbrsa' in English, then we'd have no reason to use the German word. I guess we could go to the trouble of making up our own in English, but people in this country have problems as it is with the words we've got.

Or you could just use the word "Trends" like most people do with their marketing information.

Cartoon Dolls vs. Anime (1)

Corrado (64013) | more than 13 years ago | (#104753)

According to the archived data [google.com] for May 2001, it looks like Anime is not as heavily searched as Cartoon Dolls. I wonder which one "The Powerpuff Girls [cartoonnetwork.com] " would be listed under? :)

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Later...

Re:Who? What? Huh? (1)

Corrado (64013) | more than 13 years ago | (#104754)

You can see a picture of the winner here. She's pretty cute...

Yes, she is! And her inclusion increases to the pr0n factor. We all know Google exists to enhance the pr0n factor. I wonder if she would show up on Google Image search [google.com] . Nope [google.com] .

--
Later...

cross cultural "snapshot" (1)

leucadiadude (68989) | more than 13 years ago | (#104755)

Seems like an intesting way to get an "internet culture" snapshot about what it finds interesting at the moment. I particularily found the graphs of searches over time interesting. Following a trendy search as it waxed and waned.....interesting

Re:cross cultural "snapshot" (1)

leucadiadude (68989) | more than 13 years ago | (#104756)

Did I just say interesting four times? Sheesh, I must be tired. Time for sleep.

Re:Selbstverstandlich.. (1)

Dr. MerkwŁrdigliebe (90125) | more than 13 years ago | (#104764)

Technically speaking, "apartheid" is an Afrikaans word, not Dutch. Sure, Afrikaans is derived from Dutch, but it is a separate language.

Re:Ongoing abuse of the German language? (1)

Dr. MerkwŁrdigliebe (90125) | more than 13 years ago | (#104765)

Another popular one (at least until recently) would be "Fahrvergnügen"

Re:Ongoing abuse of the German language? (1)

cybercuzco (100904) | more than 13 years ago | (#104768)

Jahwol

Re:Ongoing abuse of the German language? (1)

whovian (107062) | more than 13 years ago | (#104770)

How about the English that's adopted into German?

Re:Ongoing abuse of the German language? (1)

jejones (115979) | more than 13 years ago | (#104774)

Well...there are several reasons. Obviously, the easy thing to do is borrow German words for German things--if you wanted to come up with an "English" word to replace, say, Sauerbraten, what could you do other than recite the definition?

The other reason has to do with where the action is culturally. Germany was the place to be for chemists in the 19th century--vide Beilstein, the reference for organic chemists--and was a major place for philosophy as well. A bunch of those borrowings from German are philosophical terms, e.g. Zeitgeist, Weltanschauung. Somehow "spirit of the time" and "world view" just don't have the same ring to them (and the first one is longer than the German word, too--remember Zipf's Law?).

Re:Not Flamebait (1)

ccf (116263) | more than 13 years ago | (#104776)

This is a actually a good question and it's the first thing I thought of before I checked out the page. Of course it's a display of aggregate data, so there is very little exposure of individuals' private searches, but still, how far does that argument go? Is it only because google has tens of thousands of users (more?) per day that it is ok for them to aggregate their data? What if it were a little search engine that only had 5 users per day, and they did the same thing? Then the top 5 misspelled searches would reveal how bad a speller I am. Hmm.

Re:Not Flamebait (1)

ccf (116263) | more than 13 years ago | (#104777)

I said users, not hits. So it is hundreds of thousands maybe no?

Re:Ongoing abuse of the German language? (1)

vinyl1 (121744) | more than 13 years ago | (#104778)

This is academic-speak, pretty common among educated people. It entered the English language in the 30s or 40s--all the professorial immigrants fleeing Hitler.

Actually, it sounds kind of archaic nowadays.

Re:Ongoing abuse of the German language? (1)

balthan (130165) | more than 13 years ago | (#104783)

It's not about abusing the German language. English has always been a bastard language, it steals from everybody. It's easier to use one or two foreign words to sum up an idea rather than a handful of english words. Deja vu is a good example.

All that data (1)

Thellan (187645) | more than 13 years ago | (#104795)

I find it amazing that you have no problem with all the data that Google has but if it was Microsoft, Intel, or DoubleClick you would be screaming about how our privacy is at stake, and we are going to be abused by these companies.

You should have a cautious attitude toward any company that collects massive amounts of data, not just the one's which you have a knee-jerk reaction to dislike because of their past actions.

Rich

Re:Ongoing abuse of the German language? (1)

tomknight (190939) | more than 13 years ago | (#104797)

Thank God isn't allowed in Slashdot...

Tom.

Re:Mispellet (1)

d_lesage (199542) | more than 13 years ago | (#104801)

How long before "Zeitgeist" shows up in that section?

Re:Ongoing abuse of the German language? (1)

cbowland (205263) | more than 13 years ago | (#104802)

Some German words are hugely conotative and emotive, whereas the english equivalent would take an entire phrase to describe (and not as well either) the original German.

One of my favorites is schadenfreude.Tell me that the German is not better than the English! (For those not familiar with the word, look it up [m-w.com] .

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day.

Re:Ongoing abuse of the German language? (1)

protactin (206817) | more than 13 years ago | (#104803)

..or maybe it could have something to do with Google's Director of Research [slashdot.org] being German?

Censorship... (1)

Gannoc (210256) | more than 13 years ago | (#104806)

I frankly just don't believe that "lesbian sex" isn't one of the top 10 queries.

In fact, I don't believe it isn't one of the top 1 queries.

Re:Censorship... (1)

Gannoc (210256) | more than 13 years ago | (#104807)

Well, I don't believe that you read any of the pop-up porn windows for more than 3 seconds, because its turns out that they really DO lead to the best porn on the net.

Re:Censorship... (1)

Gannoc (210256) | more than 13 years ago | (#104808)

Ok, note to myself:

Don't write anything attempting to be funny on slashdot, because somebody will mod you down as a Troll, or redundant

I guess if I want Karma for some reason, i'll have to go back to cleverly worded linux-zealotry.

Re:Who? What? Huh? (1)

Evil Grinn (223934) | more than 13 years ago | (#104811)

Because not every person searching is from the states. I know that "Loft Story" is a French reality TV show

Is it actually called "Loft Story" in France, or is that just its translation?

Doesn't make much sense that the French would give English names to their TV series, but nowhere on the Yahoo story did it ever mention a French name for the show.

Re:Google Keywords? (1)

Kierthos (225954) | more than 13 years ago | (#104812)

Oddly enough, just to check things out, I typed 'evil empire' in the search field on Google... it crashed the copy of IE.

When I brought it back up and tried again, it actually returned sites, most of which are either anti-M$ sites (what a shock there!) or sites on Reagan's policies towards the U.S.S.R.

Yeah, it looks like they changed their search
algorithm a bit, as the title of the web page seems to be weighed more heavily as a good result rather then having the text of the query somewhere else in the page. Maybe they did this to stop all the embedded text pr0n sites which have entire dictionaries of words the same colour as the background.

Kierthos

Re:The net has mature, finally. (1)

ReverendGraves (233320) | more than 13 years ago | (#104816)

Beside, Zeitgeist means spirit of the age, not what they said.

Well, technically, the "general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era" is the "spirit of the age." The only difference is that of terminology and the prevalence of people using terms such as "zeitgeist" to lay claim to membership in some elitist intelligencia, beyond academia into the professional world.

It's all about semantics, Mr. Jones.

Google Keywords? (1)

Codeala (235477) | more than 13 years ago | (#104817)

Slighly OT, but anyone remember the old "hidden" keywords on Google? If you typed in something like "evil empire", the Microsft homepage is the first link it returns... There are also keywords for other sites, such as Yahoo and AltaVista.

Am I losing my mind, or did Google change their search algorithm? Now it is just doing keywords matches (it seems). eg "evil empire" now returns something with "evil empire" in the page title... Whats up with that?

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Foreign names in the US (1)

crankie (243627) | more than 13 years ago | (#104820)

I can think of one. There was a film a few years back called "Pret a Porter" (excuses any missing accents) about the fashion industry.

Oh, wait, that was renamed to "Ready to Wear" for American audiences. Kinda reminds me of when "The Madness of King George" came out. The film was about King George the fourth, but it was felt that "King George IV" would confuse the American audiences as to why they hadn't seen the previous three.

Pointless disclaimer: These are things I have read in the European media. They may have been biased. But Pret a Porter was definitely called just that when it was released in Ireland.

What should we do oh great Avatar of Wisdom? (1)

NDPTAL85 (260093) | more than 13 years ago | (#104821)

So what exactly are we supposed to do online. Emulating TV viewing habits, which emulate Radio listening habits seems like a good start to me! But thats not all folks do. They participate in forums like this one. They view pr0n. They play games. They talk in IRC and on AOL. They even take classes and learn about things they never have before online. But people always have to START somewhere it takes TIME to broaden your horizons on the net. So PLEASE TELL ME AND THE REST OF US WHAT WE SHOULD DO FOR THE LOVE OF GAWD!!!

Re:Not Flamebait (1)

TikkaMassala (411282) | more than 13 years ago | (#104839)

But as long as they don't store any data that ties individual users to the queries, then that's fine. It doesn't violate anyone's privacy.

Re:Ongoing abuse of the German language? (1)

TikkaMassala (411282) | more than 13 years ago | (#104840)

And of course, when people in the US say these French words, they pronounce them perfectly, much to the glee of French people everywhere.

I sincerely hope that was a joke! :)

Re:Ongoing abuse of the German language? (1)

TikkaMassala (411282) | more than 13 years ago | (#104841)

It always reminds me of war films. I guess that's because war films are where most people hear German. When I was in Frankfurt Hahn Airport in Germany, the security guards at the checkpoint asked for a man to follow them to one side to be searched. They barked this command, and the guy put his hands in the air like he was surrendering. I laughed, anyway.

Re:Who? What? Huh? (1)

TikkaMassala (411282) | more than 13 years ago | (#104842)

That's because Billy Bob in his trailer wouldn't know what roue de la fortune was.

Habits of the Masses (1)

Lothar+0 (444996) | more than 13 years ago | (#104845)

This goes to show you how fickle most non-geeks are with the Internet. They're treating it like a remote control zipping through 50-odd channels, but they're not taking advantage of what the Net can be *outside* of the bounds of Big Media-determined culture. When the televised hype of a certain topic dies down, these will be in the Top Ten Declining list, and the experience of looking for them will be no different than sitting in front of the tube. Way to expand the Net's potential to free oneself from the TV Matrix.

Re:What should we do oh great Avatar of Wisdom? (1)

Lothar+0 (444996) | more than 13 years ago | (#104846)

Read. :) Most people *don't* advance, that's the problem, and that's why ephermal pop-culture crap will always dominate the the Top Ten rising category and then go into the Top Ten declining spot when the fad has fizzled.

Re: Old lone word, not these days (1)

Titney (448995) | more than 13 years ago | (#104847)

Erm if you look at the bottom on the zeitgeist page there is actually a "Zeitgeist Explained... " cut n pasted from webster, stating plainly "Date: 1884", so the use of that word isn't really part of the zeitgeist (excuse the horrible pun)

Zeitgeist actually means... (1)

easter1916 (452058) | more than 13 years ago | (#104848)

..."the spirit of the times". Just to be pedantic.

Re:Who? What? Huh? (1)

ferret4 (459105) | more than 13 years ago | (#104858)

I thought it was pretty much an offence not to use french words in france (as a french person/company etc) as the french culture ministry is paranoid that their language is becoming sullied through over-use of english words when french equivilants exist (or even when they don't, bizzarly).

*I* know languages evolve and all that, but the french cultural ministry doesn't seem to want it to, by force of law (or at least fines).

I could be wrong. It could have been Eurotrash having a laff.


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Re:It would be nice (1)

roxytheman (463262) | more than 13 years ago | (#104859)

No they can't record that, but what they can do is record which sites that show up on most queries (and those propably is the ones that was clicked the most too). ...and I don't doubt for one second that they do log this :-)

Re:Loft Story ! (1)

roxytheman (463262) | more than 13 years ago | (#104860)

Hmm at least Big Brother got own version in each country. Here, Big Brother is in Norwegian.
Sure Loft Story isn't in Danish in Denmark too? I am sure someonw know.

Re:Obvious (o)mission... (2)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#104864)

Make Slashdot the top Gaining search

Nah, we need something funnier. Like "Gerbil cleaning and refurbishing services". Everyone click on this link, list it as your home page, and stick it in your sigs:
http://www.google.com/search?q=Gerbil+cleaning+and +refurbishing+services&sa=Google+Search [google.com]

Striking! (2)

simpleguy (5686) | more than 13 years ago | (#104873)

I would have thought that Britney Spears or Cindy Margolis might be on top of the Celebrity queries. I wonder what people want to see about Jenna Bush... The Loana phenomenon is logical tho'

Another thing that striked me is how Napster is so popular despite it was nailed so hard lately. Upon thinking, the best explanation would be that users are searching for Napster alternatives.

"Arts" took 22% of the pie chart distribution, only 2% more than "Computers". I am happy to see that I am living in a world with lots of people with artistic tastes.

Re:Ongoing abuse of the German language? (2)

Outland Traveller (12138) | more than 13 years ago | (#104882)

Lighten up and take it as a compliment. There are a number of German words that succinctly sum up abstract concepts that do not have an English/French/etc counterpart.

Damnit Rob, stop scaring me! (2)

./ (13859) | more than 13 years ago | (#104883)

I like having an account at Slashdot. I like my user ID. I like it when Slashdot says things like:

Casinos Hit the Data Jackpot [slashdot.org]

Really Targeted Advertising [slashdot.org]

You Are What You Click [slashdot.org]

TiVo usage Info Collected For Sale [slashdot.org]

But then he said:

> You can do fascinating stuff with the amount of data Google has.

My feeble little mind can't handle the inconsistency! Arrrrrrrgh! (pop)

What I find sadly telling . . . (2)

Badgerman (19207) | more than 13 years ago | (#104885)

Is that of the celebrety queries, I don't KNOW who the top two are.

I think this says I'm out of touch with the interests of the general web-using population. I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.

Re:Since Google is a Search Engine (2)

generic-man (33649) | more than 13 years ago | (#104891)

Bingo. The $1 million question was "On 'The Brady Bunch,' what was Carol Brady's maiden name?" That threw even the most avid TV trivia buffs, and was pretty hard even for a jackpot-level question. Past questions have included "Who invented the helicopter?" and "Which celebrity appeared on Laugh-In?" There was even a question about computer history: "Which insect, found in a 1945 Mark II computer, is considered the first computer 'bug'?"

Given the length of time people spend thinking about these questions on the show, it's very easy to get on Google and look up the answers. Sometimes, a phone-a-friend lifeline will try to Google the question, resulting in awkward silence as he waits for his results to download.

Re:Adult searches rank so low? (2)

Hobbex (41473) | more than 13 years ago | (#104892)


I doubt it. I think it's more likely that most porn searchers are actually so lame they don't know about Google but use whatever comes up when they press "search" on their browsers...

Most people who are clued in enough to use a decent search engine are also know that searching for porn only leads to javascript traps.

Re:Who? What? Huh? (2)

Hobbex (41473) | more than 13 years ago | (#104893)


It seems that it is not uncommon to have English-named programs in foriegn countries. For some reason, it doesn't work the other way quite as well, though. I can't think of any foreign-titled shows in the U.S.

Yeah, like those US search engines that never use german names for their statistics...

Loft Story ! (2)

chrysalis (50680) | more than 13 years ago | (#104894)

It's really funny to see how popular Loft Story [theloftstory.org] has been. Celebrity #1 : Loana. Nobody hear about her before Loft Story, and she's far from being as cute as Nikkie.
I can hardly understand why Loft Story has been so popular on Google. Loft Story is only a french TV show, while Big Brother can be watched by far more people (english language) .
Anyway, Loft Story is over now. The game ended yesterday. Loana and Christophe won. We'll have to wait until 2002 to see Loft Story 2.
It was the first time something like Big Brother happened in France, and I have to say.... that I really loved it. As a proof, you can check my Loft Story for Unix [claranet.fr] client.
But I still can't figure out why Big Brother has been beaten in Google's audience.

-- Pure FTP server [pureftpd.org] - Upgrade your FTP server to something simple and secure.

Re:Ongoing abuse of the German language? (2)

aftersci (65432) | more than 13 years ago | (#104899)

The use of Zeitgeist (I am guessing that is the word you are referring to) goes back at least to English-language translations of Heidegger. Philosophers never could quite agree on a word or phrase that captured the weird sense of nostalgia for the present that seemed to emanate from that word. Spirit of the times just doesn't work. Maybe it's the much stronger association with soul-ghost-death in the German that does the trick.

There are many somberly connotated German words or phrases in the philosophical/psychoanalytical jargons. Blame Nietzsche, Wagner, and Freud.

Wimbledon/tour de France (2)

lovebyte (81275) | more than 13 years ago | (#104903)

I find it quite suprising that so many people have searched for Wimbledon since the official site is www.wimbledon.com (and .org). What is less surprising is Le Tour de France since the official site is www.letour.com (and .fr) which is much less obvious.

Re:Censorship... (2)

jgerman (106518) | more than 13 years ago | (#104909)

I frankly just don't believe you spent more than 3 seconds on that page. The list are for the top ten gaining queries and declining queries. There's no list of top ten overall queries.

Besides who needs to search for porn? All ya hafta do is enter a likely URL in your browser (http://buttcheeks.com) and you'll instantly have forty windows open all pointing you at 'the best porn on the net'.

Re:Censorship... (2)

jgerman (106518) | more than 13 years ago | (#104910)

Stupid me, I forgot that it was html formatted and my <grin> didn't show up. That post was supposed to be good natured, that'll teach me to use preview more often.

No Britney Spears! (2)

Faed (114299) | more than 13 years ago | (#104911)

It's nice to see John Lee Hooker and Bob Marley, instead of some of the lesser (no) talent folks:Lycos Top 50 [lycos.com]

Re:The net has mature, finally. (2)

Mr_Icon (124425) | more than 13 years ago | (#104913)

Adult stuff is only 11% ?

I wonder if "erotic gallery" search string qualifies as "art". ;)

Ongoing abuse of the German language? (2)

Stupid Dog (133756) | more than 13 years ago | (#104915)

As a native German speaker, I wonder why so many people "borrow" words from the German language these days. Yes, we had the same thing for years (You do not have to know a single German word to understand a teenager from Germany if you speak English nowadays), but what's the point about using German words? Does it really sound that cool to non-Germans?

Re:Who? What? Huh? (2)

suss (158993) | more than 13 years ago | (#104925)

That's because Billy Bob in his trailer wouldn't know what roue de la fortune was.

Would you even care what's on tv if you were married to Angelina Jolie? (Yes, Jolie is a French word too...)

Selbstverstandlich.. (2)

HiQ (159108) | more than 13 years ago | (#104926)

I think that the use of a number of German words is coming from philosofy and psychology; sciences from which there are lots and lots of famous Germans. Unfortunately there aren't many internationally famous words originating from my langauge (= Dutch), except for the word "apartheid" :-(

Re:Foreign names in the US (2)

tomknight (190939) | more than 13 years ago | (#104932)

My understanding is that the film was to have been called "The Madness Of George" only US audiences might think it referred to Pres. G Bush. Sad, really.

Tom.

Re:All that data (2)

tmark (230091) | more than 13 years ago | (#104937)

Could it be a coincidence that Google runs Linux ? Moreover, you have to wonder how Slashdot itself is mining their own database. You know they are almost certainly selling advertising space based on the total number of 'unique visitors', or impressions, or whatever aggregate statistic they choose to use. What other kinds of statistics would be valuable to advertisers ? Would Slashdot sell stats on the number of subpages users followed for different types of stories (Linux, Windows, etc.) ? Would they charge advertisers more or less to show ads to high-karma users ? If they're smart businessmen maybe they would, but if they are consistent maybe they wouldn't.

Re:It would be nice (2)

bmongar (230600) | more than 13 years ago | (#104938)

After thinking about it, they could record it, if instead of giving a direct url, they gave a redirecting url through their site. They don't do this but they could.

No, Wait!!!! (2)

typical geek (261980) | more than 13 years ago | (#104940)

There's still a few hundred movies I haven't downloaded yet before it gets overwhelmed by the masses!

The net has mature, finally. (2)

Ayende Rahien (309542) | more than 13 years ago | (#104942)

Adult stuff is only 11% ? I thought that it would be greater than 50%.
I just *loved* their top misspelled queries :)

Beside, Zeitgeist means spirit of the age, not what they said.

--
Two witches watched two watches.

Wait till they start to sell / charge for it. (2)

Tricolor Paulista (323547) | more than 13 years ago | (#104944)


  1. You can do fascinating stuff with the amount of data Google has.

Sure, for instance giving "special edition" tables with, say, IP numbers on them, for bidders.

Or maybe it's just that I woke up with the conspiracy bit on.

Re:Ongoing abuse of the German language? (2)

jeffehobbs (419930) | more than 13 years ago | (#104946)

Not that anyone asked, but my favorite German word that succinctly sums up an abstract concept that does not have an English/French/etc counterpart is:

schadenfreude

Main Entry: schadenfreude
Pronunciation: 'shä-d&n-"froi-d&
Function: noun
Usage: often capitalized
Etymology: German, from Schaden damage + Freude joy
Date: 1895
: enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others

That's one every slashdot poster should know and love.

~jeff

Who? What? Huh? (2)

Nurlman (448649) | more than 13 years ago | (#104947)

If Google has millions of queries run each day, the competition must be pretty fierce to be one of the most popular.

So how come I haven't heard of so much of this stuff? "Loft Story"? "Vicky Botwright"? "Ioana"?

Maybe this is our new Dictionary of (Transitory) Cultural Literacy. God help us.

We are almost there (2)

ascii(64) (454365) | more than 13 years ago | (#104949)

So now if we make i obligator to put down your gender before you submit we can finaly find out what women realy want. :) @

mo' money - no dedication (2)

roxytheman (463262) | more than 13 years ago | (#104950)

What is a bit dangerous with such stats, is that money-hungry people spew out websites that match the top keywords with crappy content and no dedication for the content at all, just to get hits and money...
Ofcourse this is happening already, so you can't blame google for this...

In two thousand years.. (2)

RumbaFlex (465472) | more than 13 years ago | (#104951)

In two thousand years some archeologer and a techie will dig up this stuff from the debris of our culture, decipher it and laugh their ass off..

What media sheep the humans are. Not that i'm any better i clicked the link, i saw the google zeitgeist.
I'm a slut too../.

Because these aren't the top 10 queries. (3)

Vermifax (3687) | more than 13 years ago | (#104952)

They are the top 10 GAINING queries.

Vermifax

Not Flamebait (3)

CodeMonky (10675) | more than 13 years ago | (#104953)

If Google was running on windows instead of linux would the things we could do with the google search data be fascinating or would it be violating our right to search privately?

Re:It would be nice (3)

wangi (16741) | more than 13 years ago | (#104954)

You, my boy, are talking crap. They can and do record that information. For example if you search for Slashdot the link you get for Slashdot is:
You can be sure the http://www.google.com/url script will be logging data before it redirects.

Re:Ongoing abuse of the German language? (3)

dillon_rinker (17944) | more than 13 years ago | (#104955)

If 'zeitgeist' annoys you, then you must really hate this:

ALLES LOOKENSPEEPERS!
Das komputermaschine ist nicht fuer gefingerpoken und mittengrabben. Ist easy blowenfusen, schnappen der springenwerk, und poppencorken mit spitzensparken. Ist nicht fuer gewerken bei das dumkopfen. Das rubbernecken sightseeren keepen das hands in der pockets, relaxen, und watchen das blinkenlights.

Re:Adult searches rank so low? (3)

Cujo (19106) | more than 13 years ago | (#104956)

This is probably biased by the effect of porn surfers owning a large set of bookmarks for sites that all include links - why would they search Google?

This is probably true of a lot of the "declining searches" as well. It doesn't mean the public's lost interest, but just that they found what they're looking for. It seems to me that the Google Zeitgeist can at best measure the rate of change of interest in new topics.

Re:We are almost there (3)

Webmonger (24302) | more than 13 years ago | (#104957)

No, they we find out what women and men who pose as women really want!

Re:Ongoing abuse of the German language? (3)

wiredog (43288) | more than 13 years ago | (#104959)

It should be noted that english is descended from both German and French. English is the result of a norman man-at-arms trying to get in bed with a saxon barmaid. There's also some church latin in there. Recently, American english has imported Hawaiian, Japanese, Spanish, and others.

Re:Ongoing abuse of the German language? (3)

sg3000 (87992) | more than 13 years ago | (#104962)

I don't think it's necessarily German. It just so happens that some languages have a single word that expresses an idea more succinctly than in English.

Notice how we define the word "Zeitgeist" in English as "the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era." So instead of saying the latter phrase, we can just steal a single word from Germany. If we could define the word "Zeitgeist" as "well, it means the same as 'flgrogbrsa' in English, then we'd have no reason to use the German word. I guess we could go to the trouble of making up our own in English, but people in this country have problems as it is with the words we've got.

There are exceptions, of course, but I think when people borrow German words it's because there's no good English equivalent.

Now, French on the other hand, is a different story. People in the US use French all the time when there are perfectly acceptable English subtitutes: lèse-majesté (detraction from dignity), par excellence (being the best kind), nouveau riche (new rich), etc. So in that case, we have no excuse. And of course, when people in the US say these French words, they pronounce them perfectly, much to the glee of French people everywhere.

Since Google is a Search Engine (3)

robbway (200983) | more than 13 years ago | (#104963)

Couldn't they at least provide the queries to link to from their Top Ten lists? What's up with the rise and fall of the Carol Brady Maiden Name search? There must have been a Millionaire question or the like. I find the lists to be titillating to the point of frustration.

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It would be nice (3)

bmongar (230600) | more than 13 years ago | (#104964)

It would be nice if they included the top 10 clicked links so we know who google directed to the most. Though maybe they don't collect that info. If they did it would also be interesting to see if their partners or premium customers or whatever had more clicks or not.

Shakespear in most mispelt list (4)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#104966)

How can Google be sure? He spelt his name differently from time to time himself.

Obvious omission... (4)

Masem (1171) | more than 13 years ago | (#104967)

They need a "Top X 'Naked Pictures' Celebrity Queries".

Re:Who? What? Huh? (4)

Jethro73 (14686) | more than 13 years ago | (#104968)

Because not every person searching is from the states. I know that "Loft Story" is a French reality TV show... You can see a picture of the winner here [yahoo.com] . She's pretty cute...

Anyway, that might explain...

Jethro

Top 10 misspelled... (4)

morie (227571) | more than 13 years ago | (#104969)

... /. articles would be interesting as well

Re:Ongoing abuse of the German language? (5)

sql*kitten (1359) | more than 13 years ago | (#104970)

I wonder why so many people "borrow" words from the German language these days

It's like "doppelganger". Why do Germans have a word for that? Does it happen a lot over there? Really, I'm curious.

Adult searches rank so low? (5)

Tet (2721) | more than 13 years ago | (#104971)

To be honest, the only thing that really surprised me there was how small a percentage of queries were adult related. Wasn't that get rich quick porn guy telling us only the other day on slashdot that adult searches dominated the rankings?

Panicking Reactions Meet Net Instant Gratification (5)

rizzo242 (165630) | more than 13 years ago | (#104974)

Zeitgeist n. (zeit-geist): the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era.

1. "OMG, Wimbledon is on! I wonder if somebody's tits have ever fallen out during a match?"

2. "OMG, Paula Poundstone NO!! You're too funny to get stinky fingers from bubblegummers! Somebody please tell me it's not true!"

3. "OMG, Jack Lemmon died!!!!! But, but...but he's not supposed to be DEAD! I bet I can find him still alive somewhere online."

4. "OMG, I was going to fly out to meet Mr. goatse.cx! Surely the strike is over by now!?"

5. "OMG, I bet if I searched for Barbara Schett she would have sex with me!"

6. "OMG, Napster was shut down, wasn't it? Or was it! I want the new N-Sync single 'I wanna do it in your butt' on mp3!!! Where the hell is Napster???"

7. "OMG, I love catch phrases sooooooo much!!!!"

8. "OMG, people are racing bicycles again!!! There's no time for annual sales reports or gay pr0n when people are racing BICYCLES through le French countryside! C'est bon!"

9. "OMG, I like basketball and I've inexplicably found cause to use Google for my search engine. I'm sure glad my nerdy friend told me why it's supposed to be better than AOL's Internet, but I sure do miss all the pr0n...anyway, maybe they'll finally draft me into the NBA if I look it up online. I coulda made it..."

10. "OMG, Vicky Botwright is so awesome!!! Maybe she'll sleep with me if I look her up on the Internet. It is TOO a real sport, asshole! Squash has been around for EVER! PBBBBHT!!!!!"


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