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.