Some pretty interesting graphs here:

Google Zeitgeist Global Overview

US Overview

Goog zeitgeist

Category: Psychology, Web/Tech

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10 Responses to “Google Zeitgeist”

  1. Mannwich says:

    I LOVE that American Idol is in the top four, and second for much of the year. Says it all.

  2. bergsten says:

    Nice “y” axis.

  3. Dogfish says:


    Indeed. The popularity of that show and all it’s clones really does say it all.

  4. Adult Franklin411 says:

    I call BS. Where is “Erin Andrews video”?

  5. Climategate says:

    Are you saying nobody searched for climategate?

    “Fuhrer, they found our plans…”

  6. Lord says:

    Could someone explain the rise in paranormal activity? I feel I must have missed something.

  7. ZedThou says:

    I’m pretty sure the “paranormal activity” search popularity has something to do with the horror film of the same name.

  8. trip says:

    A free word search for “unemployment” on the City by City page yields:

    City: popular search rank
    Portland: 2nd most frequent
    Minneapolis: 4th
    Denver: 6th
    LA: 9th
    Seattle: 9th

    I have no idea what that means, other than the search for benefits is greater in the West than the East?


    To compile these local lists, we found the most popular searches for each selected city and then ranked them based on how unique they were to that city. A query is “unique” if it is disproportionately popular in a particular city compared to the rest of the country. This method explains why popular local searches (for example, for a specific movie theatre) may appear higher than a term for which people across the country are searching (for example, for a regional sports team).

  9. deanscamaro says:

    The dumbing down of America comes through strong in these to four areas.

  10. rj says:

    I think that comes off a bit harsh dean, swine flu and cash for clunkers would be worthwhile google searches for wanting to educate yourself about them. No argument on American Idol or paranormal activity, but people use the internet for entertainment, not to read financial blogs.