Mapping Trends With Google

By | May 13, 2006

Google’s new Trends search is a lot of fun, and useful too. See how some things have taken off over the past couple of years, like Web 2.0:


and Wikipedia (the lower graph is for volume of related pieces on Google News, the upper for ordinary Search):


while others, such as WiMax, are more gradual:


Interest in others, meanwhile, seems to have peaked. 2005, for example, seems to have been RSS’ year:


whereas folk started to get less obsessed about spam in 2004:


Some terms just seem to have leapt out of nowhere, such as “botnet”:


while almost the whole history of interest in others, like phishing, are captured in the three and a half years covered by Google Trends:


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