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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Google Trends Onebox

Google added a onebox to their results, showing the search popularity of your query if it’s in the current top 100 (and if you’re searching from Japan or the US). A search for ted harper for instance will print a graph at the bottom showing how this query peaked, has a “Volcanic” hotness, and is the second-fastest rising of the past hour. The onebox then links to a page on Google Trends/ Hot Trends for more info.

Note the Google Trends charts feature doesn’t look into absolute popularity of searches, but recent rising ones, from a portion sample set of all searches. (Google in their older FAQ on Trends say they “hope you find this service interesting and entertaining” but that you “probably wouldn’t want to write your Ph.D. dissertation based on the information provided by Trends.”)

[Thanks Websonic, who saw it at the Google blog!]


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