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Re: Ping Noticedtrends

__/ [ wd ] on Thursday 11 May 2006 16:39 \__

> On Thu, 11 May 2006 14:40:38 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> __/ [ wd ] on Thursday 11 May 2006 14:34 \__
>>> Try this one:
>>> http://www.google.com/trends?q=microsoft%2C+linux&ctab=1&date=all&geo=all
>>> Then adjust for number of users for each OS.  Looks promising.
>> That's a nice picture, but I already posted the following to COLA:
>> ,----[ Message body ]
>> | According to Google Trends©
>> | 
>> | http://www.google.com/trends?q=windows%2C+xp&ctab=0&date=all&geo=all
>> `----
>> Say what you will...
> [can't sleep here]
> Addicting tool:
> http://tinyurl.com/patga
> http://www.google.com/trends?q=%22american+idol%22&ctab=1&date=all&geo=all
> Very interesting...

I must admit that I find it rather addictive as well. It provides a nice
summary, which gives insight into all these logs in Google (for some reason,
2004 at the earliest).

I bet that the US Department of Justice keeps itself busy as well. They must
be accumulating some figures on 'child pr0n', which is what they have been
trying to squeeze out of Google for months, in the courtroom.

> Google, if you are listening you should start feeding that kind of
> search trend data into a keyword cloud that can be sorted by country, for
> example, click on 'UK', 'Germany', 'USA', etc., and the tag cloud would
> change (with some AJAX or something flashy).  Something like this
> (http://fserb.com.br/newscloud/) but with a list of countries on the right
> side of the screen.  When you click on the keyword, then show a different
> cloud of related, focused keywords, e.g.,
> hotels (top-level cloud link that leads to second-page sub-cloud)
> \_hotels in las vegas (second-page sub-cloud)
> |_cheap hotels
> |_discount hotel
> |_new york hotel
> |_etc.

I thought about tag clouds as well. That aside, have you seen Google Finance?
The graphs are much more interactive and they seem to be using the same
codebase/technology as that which you find in GTrends. I bet it will
propagate onto GTrends, in due time. Shall become intersting...

If Google unleash and publish too much information as such, privacy will (at
some point) become a concern. On a _national level_, privacy has /already/
been compromised. For example, you could find something out about
military-related research over in North Korea. Thinking further: what if
companies began to 'poison' the figures? Could companies run a bot to query
for terms that make them seem more favourable in these figures. Could that
be considered 'Trend spamming'?

> AJAXy, Web2.0, SEO-friendly without giving out too much info.  Better
> interface than inventory.overture.com.  Throw some Google Maps in there.
> "Click on the map to see what people search for in that
> city/country" -- and then feed them the clouds.

Yes, all-round integration will be nice. It has already been done in other
domains of Google. They are astroturfing, I guess -- using a strength in one
domain to compliment another. Does this remind you of a certain other
company in the north-west? Wal-mart as well, by the way. Just about any
giant when you come to think of it...

> It would be popular. Let people feed the cloud-data into their blogs with
> XML/maps. Bloggers could tag posts with keywords (like Technorati) and
> then be taken to your page showing which regions people search for that
> term from, and the different layers of keyword clouds (more page views for
> you).  Bloggers would find creative uses for the data.  When you buy
> Digg.com you could integrate it with that (keywords, location/maps, search
> data, etc.).

Digg? Again?

> Bloggers will all be talking about it.  You will make a fortune
> with the extra page views on the AdSense.  People would spend hours on the
> SERPs, and run back and forth between your different services.

I think you have been hit by the hype. You seriously need some sleep or a
major cutdown in terms of coffee.

Kettle -> Black -> Mug

Best wishes,


Roy S. Schestowitz
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