Embeddable Google Trends Gadget Introduced

    May 6, 2009

It’s not easy to accurately describe a graph using words.  It’s not enjoyable to read an accurate description, either.  So, perhaps in an attempt to save bloggers and their audiences from either being ignorant or dying of boredom, an embeddable Google Trends gadget has been introduced.

Search trends can be interesting for all sorts of reasons.  On the Official Google Blog, R.J. Pittman explains that he’s used them to predict "American Idol" outcomes.  Or you can try to prove a politician’s importance or a movie’s success.

Whichever route you decide to go, the Google Trends gadget is easy to use.  Just substitute your own terms into the supplied code (see the sample below), and you’ll be all set to show off a nice little graph on any site.

<iframe src="http://www.gmodules.com/ig/ifr?url=http://www.google.com/ig/modules/trends_gadget.xml&source=imag&up_is_init=true&up_cur_term=Star+Trek,+Terminator,+Wolverine,+Transformers&up_date=mtd&up_region=US" style="border:1px solid #ccc; padding:10px;" width="330" height="250" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>

There are a couple of minor problems, though.  First, you may notice that the graph’s scale is a little iffy.  Second, the last "s" has for some reason been cut off "Transformers."

Finally, for the sake of not having changing data make your points look off-base (imagine a Christmas article showing July’s searches for Santa), it seems like screenshots will still be the way to go in a lot of situations.