Google Starts Weekly Trends RoundupBy: Chris Crum - April 21, 2014
Google announced that it will be sharing “a regular look back” at some of the top trending searches each Friday. We’ll see if this lasts longer than the monthly lists of algorithms they used to post, or if people will become “bored” with them, and Google stops putting them out.
Discussing last week’s trends, Emily Wood writes, “People were looking for information on Palm Sunday and Good Friday ahead of Easter; searches for both days were even higher than searches for the Pope himself. Turning to another religious tradition, with Passover beginning on Monday we saw searches rise over 100 percent for Seder staples like [charoset recipe], [brisket passover] and of course [matzo balls]. Alongside these celebrations, U.S. citizens observed another annual rite of spring: taxes were due on April 15, leading to a rise in searches for [turbotax free], [irs] and (whoops) [turbotax extension].”
“But what made this year different from all other years? A rare lunar eclipse known as the ‘blood moon,’ when the Earth’s shadow covers the moon, making it look red, and which occurred on Tuesday. There were more than 5 million searches on the topic, as people were eager to learn more. (Hint: if you missed seeing the blood moon this time around, keep your eyes on the sky in October. This is the first lunar eclipse in a ‘lunar tetrad,’ a series of four total lunar eclipses each taking place six lunar months apart.)”
“Game of Thrones,” (SPOILER ALERT), “who killed joffrey,” “”Mad Men,” “Boston strong,” “Gabriel Garcia Marquez,” “Chelsea Clinton,” “Gone Girl Trailer,” “The Fault in Our Stars,” and “Mrs. Doubtfire” also saw significant activity.
Google is really emphasizing search trends lately. Last week, they launched email notifications for Google Trends.
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