Addicted to novelty since 2001

Google Zeitgeist – What Can It Teach Us?

On a monthly, weekly, and sometimes daily basis, this Google Zeitgeist page will be updated to reflect lists, graphs, and other tidbits of information related to Google user search behavior.’ I love pages like this–they’re information about information. It really lays bare what the world (or rather, that tiny sub-set of the world with Internet access) is interested in at the moment. What’s hot at the moment? I’m afraid there’s not much hope for humankind:

  1. the bachelor
  2. die another day
  3. thanksgiving
  4. celebrity big brother
  5. karla knafel

I actually had to look up who the heck Karla Knafel was (and who cares, really?). And what are the people searching for thanksgiving actually looking for? As for just www.google.ca (and what are the artificial factors affecting these results, I wonder…who specifically uses, by default, the Canadian version?):

  1. britney spears
  2. eminem
  3. halloween costumes
  4. vin diesel
  5. air canada
  6. harry potter
  7. hockey
  8. tunisie foot
  9. anime
  10. sniper

Why are so many Canadians interested in the Tunisian national football (that is, soccer) team?