Google Trends Replaces Zeitgeist

Dario Franchitti and Ashley Judd I know it has been a few days since Google Zeitgeist turned into Google Trends, but I just wanted to say a few words about it.  First of all, why mess with a good thing?  I used to love going to Zeitgeist to find the latest to blog about, even though the data was over a week old. 

Google Hot trends on the other hand is automatically generated in real-time.  With its geo-targeting, Hot Trends shows you the top-10 searches for the day in your part of the world.  What I find amusing about this is that the majority of the top-10 Hot Trend items are usually obscure to me.  Just look at today’s list:

1) dario franchitti <- Who?

2) indy 500 results <- Indy What?

3) ice princess <- Leave my ex-girlfriend out of this!

4) casey mears <- At bat? hmm.

5) ashley judd <- Sounds like country music to me.

10) cell phone subscribers in iraq and phone use has gone up 158% <-  What the heck? 

 I find it hard to believe that this is a hot trend.  Seems pretty unlikely that a phrase this long and this specific would be a top-10 Hot Trend. But I am not Google and I guess I’m not as important as Wikipedia…which seems to have a monopoly on Google search results.

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