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Fun with Google

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On January 9, 2005 @ 8:36 am In Web/Tech | Comments Disabled

Okay, here’s something kinda amusing:

Punch the following phrases into Google, and The Big Picture [1] is the top hit:

NASD Margin Levels [2]
Projected Electoral College Vote [3]
3 Peaks and a Domed House [4]
augmented unemployment rate [5]
contrary indicators [6]
"magazine cover indicator" [7]

There’s a few other weird results — For example, punch in "BLS household payroll survey, [8]" and The Big Picture is the second result — after the BLS [9]. And sometimes, it even edges out BLS~!  I haven’t figured out why Google toggles the two back and forth yet . . .

For a brief while, the phrase "Tsunami Picture [10]" brought you here off the top slot. That honor now goes to Digital Globe [11]; Despite sliding down to about the 50th spot, Google still drives about 2000 people a day looking for Tsunami photos [ED: As of February, that tailed off]. That’s how dynamic the "secret" Google algorithm is — as well as how much traffic they can drive.

If you come across any other top hits or aberrational findings, please hit me with them [12].

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[1] The Big Picture: http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/

[2] NASD Margin Levels: http://www.google.com/search?num=50&hl=en&lr=&c2coff=1&client=safari&rls=en&q=NASD+Margin+Levels&btnG=Search

[3] Projected Electoral College Vote: http://www.google.com/search?num=100&hl=en&lr=&safe=off&c2coff=1&q=Projected+Electoral+College+Vote&btnG=Search

[4] 3 Peaks and a Domed House: http://www.google.com/search?num=100&hl=en&lr=&safe=off&c2coff=1&q=3+Peaks+and+a+Domed+House&btnG=Search

[5] augmented unemployment rate: http://www.google.com/search?num=100&hl=en&lr=&safe=off&c2coff=1&q=augmented+unemployment+rate&btnG=Search

[6] contrary indicators: http://www.google.com/search?num=50&hl=en&lr=&c2coff=1&client=safari&rls=en&q=contrary+indicators&btnG=Search

[7] "magazine cover indicator": http://www.google.com/search?num=100&hl=en&lr=&safe=off&c2coff=1&q=%22magazine+cover+indicator%22&btnG=Search

[8] BLS household payroll survey,: http://www.google.com/search?num=100&hl=en&lr=&safe=off&c2coff=1&q=BLS+household+payroll+survey&btnG=Search

[9] BLS: http://www.bls.gov/

[10] Tsunami Picture: http://www.google.com/search?num=100&hl=en&lr=&safe=off&c2coff=1&q=Tsunami+Picture&btnG=Search

[11] Digital Globe: http://www.digitalglobe.com/tsunami_gallery.html

[12] hit me with them: mailto:thebigpicture@optonline.net

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